Black Caps on IPL rich list PDF Print E-mail
Written by Hemant   
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor look set for another massive payday from the IPL after being named an elite list with a $US400,000 reserve price for next year’s auction. Leading Black Caps Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor look set for another massive payday from the IPL after being named among the 21 players with the highest reserve price of $US400,000 (NZ$538,864) for next year’s auction.

The auction will be held in Bangalore on January 8 and 9.

They are among the biggest names in the game although there are some notable absentees -  Australians Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson won’t be involved and once again the troubled Pakistan camp has been ignored.

The resurgent Johnson, who last week bowled Australia to victory in Perth, has elected to sit out the fourth edition of the IPL, which will start in April days after the World Cup, in a bid to prolong his international career.

''We want to manage his career so he can continue to play on at the elite level for six, seven, eight more years,'' Johnson's manager, Sam Halvorsen, said.

''We don't want him to be burnt out by overcooking himself. We don't see how that will be aided by playing too much cricket and playing IPL is too much cricket. It's also a long time from home, and they get precious little time at home.

''When he's not playing cricket he's working extremely hard in the gym to ensure his core strength is right where it needs to be to enable him to bowl the way he bowls.''

Johnson is said to be wary of missing out on international cricket as a result of getting injured in the event.

West Indies legend Brian Lara, whio hasn't played meaningful cricket  for four years is among the group of new names along with current England stars Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and James Anderson.

The franchises have $US9m to spend on their personnel.

There are 10 teams involved with 74 matches and the season looks set to go ahead despite the threat of court action.

The Indian organisers released a list of 416 players for the auction.

The players with the reserve price of $US400,000 are: Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Yuvraj Singh, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle.

Second Tier ($US300,000): Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Shaun Tait, Andrew Symonds, Angelo Mathews and Kumar Sangakkara

Third Tier ($US200,000): Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger, Dirk Nannes, Eoin Morgan, Robin Uthappa, Sanath Jayasuriya, David Hussey.
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