Trini & Bajan top bids at IPL Auction – KEMAR GETS US $720K WHILE KIERON PULLS US $750K
Phenomenal, six-hitting Trinidad & Tobago all rounder, Kieron Pollard will be smiling all the way to the bank as he topped the IPL auction collecting a huge US$750,000 payday from the Mumbai Indians.
The 22 year old’s base price at the auction was $200,000 but that quickly reached the maximum bid of $750,000 with several franchises jousting for the all rounder. Thereafter the teams were involved in a secret, silent auction to secure the all rounder the Mumbai Indians emerged with him for an undisclosed sum which could be in the vicinity or more than US$1m given the enormous interest in the player. However the difference between $750,000 and the final bid will go to the IPL and not Pollard who will take home US$750,000 flat.
The frantic bidding for Pollard was initially among Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and the Deccan Chargers. Late in the bidding the Kolkata Knight Riders also entered the race for Pollard with a bid ofS$670,000 but that was quickly topped and Kolkata raised to $720,000. Mumbai took it to $740,000 then Chennai reached the limit of $750,000. It then went into the silent bid round for final decision.
Pollard will join Trini teammate Dwayne Bravo at the Indians. The enormous interest in Pollard was no doubt as a result of a phenomenal innings he played for T&T in the Champions League against New South Wales Blues when he destroyed their attack with a blistering half century and took his side to victory almost singlehandedly.
Red hot fast bowling sensation Kemar Roach also fetched a huge tab, picking up $720,000 to go to the Deccan Chargers. No doubt Roach will replace Barbadian teammate Fidel Edwards who is also on the Chargers roster but who is injured and recently underwent surgery in Jamaica.
Deccan trumped the Super Kings and Kings XI who were also keen on securing Roach’s services.
Injured West Indies opening batsman Adrian Barath was bought by Kings XI for $75,000 outside the auction.
Like Pollard, New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond also reached the maximum bid of $750,000 and went down to a silent auction. He went to the struggling Kolkata Knight Riders franchise who also have West Indies captain Chris Gayle in their ranks. South Africa’s rookie left arm pacer Wayne Parnell also had a healthy payday, taking $610,000 to go to the Delhi Daredevils.
Six West Indies players got no interest from any of the franchises – Ramnaresh Sarwan, Daren Ganga, Lendl Simmons, Wavell Hinds, Sulieman Benn and Darren Bravo.
Tino Best and Carlton Baugh were originally among the eight Windies players to go up for auction but were pulled due to a lack of interest and replaced by Benn and Bravo.
Pollard is currently in Australia playing for the South Australia Redbacks in the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash and he was yesterday named on the West Indies squad for a five One Day International and two Twenty20 match tour Down Under.
Roach too was named on the Windies squad and will leave the Barbados team currently playing in the WICB Regional 4-Day Tournament for Australia. Yesterday Roach produced one of the fine fast bowling performances in regional cricket in recent memory with 7 for 23 against Combined Campuses and Colleges.