The Auction which heralds the start of the new Indian Premier League season has just finished and it might come as a bit of a shock to English cricketers to realise nobody wants them at any price.
Strangely, the player dumped by England’s selectors, Kevin Pietersen, was the only Englishman snapped up, with Delhi Daredevils paying £880,000. It is believed that deals struck with county cricket back in the UK, mean a lot of the players would be unavailable for the full IPL season. With Pietersen being available for the full term it would seem that this makes him a very attractive player.
The only other county cricketeer playing in the IPL will be Essex’s Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, he was snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders for £110,00.
Each Squad can have up to nine overseas players, however, the team can only select four non-Indian players for each match. Each team is also restricted to how many players they can have who are over the age of 22 and this means the best young domestic talent comes at a premium.
The IPL cricket tournament will start on 8th April 2014, the last match will be played on 30th May 2014. There will be one team less this season after the withdrawal of Pune Warriors India.
It is rumoured that part of the IPL season could be switched to South Africa, to avoid clashes with elections in India.
You can bet on the outright winner of the IPL with Paddy Power who currently have Mumbai Indians at a healthy 4/1 while Kolkata Knight Riders are an outside bet at 11/1 you can also have each-way terms places 1,2.