Aussies snubbed in $21 million madness
JUST two of the 23 Australian's nominated for the IPL auction received bids as the mega-rich player carve up delivered another series of jaw-dropping deals on Tuesday night.
Aussies Moises Henriques and Ashton Turner were the lucky ones on a day when stars Adam Zampa, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Ben McDermott, James Pattinson, Daniel Christian and Kane Richardson all went unsold.
While the Aussies were overlooked, Englishmen stole the headlines with star quick Tom Curran going under the hammer for $1.4 million - as the most expensive international player bought for the 2019 season.
More than $21 million worth of playing talent went under the hammer on day one, but the 2019 auction failed to reach the absurd records set in the 2018 auction in January, where the league underwent a significant salary cap increase following a $US3.2 billion broadcast deal.
Indian players also attracted bonkers bidding prices. Bowler Jaydev Unadkat and allrounder Varun Chakaravarthy both broke the bank at $1.7 million.
Henriques was the only Aussie to receive an offer in the first round of the auction. The 31-year-old Sydney Sixers star was bought by Kings XI Punjab for a price of 10 million Indian rupees ($198,000).
Turner went under the hammer shortly after and was picked up by Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals for just under $100,000.
It is not a bad payday for a tournament that only lasts 52 days.
English keeper Jonny Bairstow ($410,000), South African batsman Colin Ingram ($1.3 million) and West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite ($650,000) were also among the top-earning players on day one of the Auction.
While many Aussies remain still be to auctioned off on day two of the auction, there was severe disappointment for some of the biggest names in Aussie cricket.
They were joined on the IPL auction scrapheap by Kiwi great Brendon McCullum, English star Chris Woakes, Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla as some of the big names overlooked.
Hope remains for plenty of Aussies, including Sean Abbot, Alex Carey, D'Arcy Short, James Faulkner and Chris Green, who will go under the hammer on Wednesday night.
That group are likely selections for Australia's squad for this year's World Cup in England and Wales.
Scheduling conflicts mean several Australian stars have not nominated for the big-money Indian Premier League, which will run from March 29 to May 19.
Banned Australian stars Steve Smith and David Warner are not be in the auction because their franchises have retained them.
But their availability for the IPL remains unclear, given Cricket Australia have made it clear that national and domestic commitments will take priority.
The 15-man World Cup squad will have to attend a May training camp that clashes with the IPL.
The Indian league also cuts across an Australia-Pakistan one-day series and the Shield final.
T20 stars such as Glenn Maxwell have opted out of returning to the IPL.
LIST OF AUSSIES RETAINED BY THEIR IPL TEAMS
Shane Watson (Chennai)
Andrew Tye (Punjab)
Chris Lynn (Kolkata)
Jason Behrendorff (Mumbai)
Steve Smith (Rajasthan)
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Bangalore)
Marcus Stoinis (Bangalore)
David Warner (Hyderabad)
Billy Stanlake (Hyderabad)
TOP INDIAN SALES
Varun Chakaravarthy ($1.7 million)
Jaydev Unadkat (1.7 million)
Mohit Sharma ($1 million)
Axar Rajesh Patel ($1 million)
Shivam Dube ($1 million)
TOP INTERNATIONAL SALES
Tom Curran ($1.4 million)
Colin Ingram ($1.3 million)
Shimron Hetmyer ($830,000)
Nicolas Pooran ($830,000)
Carlos Brathwaite ($650,000)
Jonny Bairstow ($410,000)