New Delhi: Australia's current Test and ODI captain Michael Clarke and his predecessor Ricky Ponting received the highest base price of $400,000 ahead of the players' auction for the Indian Premier League's (IPL) sixth season, but the list remained devoid of any Pakistani names.
The IPL6 auction is scheduled to be held on February 3 in Chennai and the two Australians top the list of 101 players from eight countries. The list was handed over to the nine franchises on Wednesday.
The list comprises seven Indians, two players from England and Ireland allrounder Kevin O'Brien, who is the only player from the Associate Nations. Pakistan players remain out of the list that is dominated by players from Australia and South Africa.
Clarke may have retired from the Twenty20 format but the Australian captain was part of Pune Warriors India last year. But since he has been released by Pune, the Aussie is expected to be on the wish list of many franchises, especially due to his leadership skills. Ponting, on the other hand, has retired from all international cricket after a dip in form. He played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural edition in 2008 but was laid off in 2010.
Among the current Twenty20 champions West Indies, their skipper Darren Sammy has attracted a base price of $100,000 and will be part of the allrounders' pool in the auction. Ravi Bopara, who remained unsold last season, is also priced at $100,000.
Among the Indian players, RP Singh and Abhishek Nayar return to the pool after being released by their franchises. Nayar was in terrific form during Mumbai's Ranji Trophy triumph. Both have been priced at $100,000.