England players are willing to part with part of their pay packets for the IPL. But there may not be too many places on offer when the second auction of the IPL gets underway on February 6th.
The auction no Goa will attract the England players, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, over the others while also, JP Duminy is expected to be picked. It will be a tightrope situation for most teams as well as players because franchisees will now think more about their purchases, which they will drastically minimize this year, which means only about fifteen players are likely to be picked from amongst seventy-eighty names in the running.
The trading window of the IPL saw very few changes happen and players bartered – Shikar Dhawan leaving Delhi for Mumbai and Ashish Nehra in reverse, Robin Uthappa and Zaheer Khan going to Bangalore and Mumbai respectively in a similar trade off, Jayadev Shah going from Rajasthan to Mumbai, another Rajasthan player Pankaj Singh will also go to Bangalore and Mumbai’s Gaurav Dhiman will be joining him.
Uncapped Australian players seem to be in great demand as was the case with David Warner and now Andrew MacDonald and Dirk Nannes will join him for the Delhi Daredevils which means Delhi already have their quota of foreign players, barring Asif who has quit citing personal reasons. Ryan Harris turns up for Hyderabad’s Deccan Chargers.
But one cannot expect too many names or trades in the offing in the immediate future.
Even the England players are holding their contracts tight till they are able to meet Lalit Modi’s demands that they should be available for two seasons if they are only available for three weeks this year. Already the respective counties will earn ten per cent of the IPL match fee of the England players picked for the IPL.