The IPL Auction

20 Feb

Its underway as I type this. Symonds has gone to Hyderabad for $1 Million plus and joins Adam Gilchrist.

All teams look to be in the thick of things….. EXCEPT Bangalore and Mumbai (the two most expensive franchises)… Maybe these guys spent all their money in buying the franchise?

Wonder why?????????????

Chennai bought Dhoni and Murali.. and spent all its salary cap. The rest of the players will be provided free boarding and lodging.

UPDATE: A comment from a long time reader but first time commenter, Vatsala (aka Mom) below:

What have they made of cricket and cricketeers. I can think of horses running and people betting on horses. I believe there was a king who used to dress up people as chess pawns and play chess. That was some kind of chess. enter stars and businessmen!!!! Where will the cricket go?

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7 Responses to “The IPL Auction”

  1. vatsala February 20, 2008 at 1:18 pm #

    what have they made of cricket and cricketeers. I can think of horses running and people betting on horses. I believe there was a king who used to dress up people as chess pawns and play chess. That was some kind of chess. enter stars and businessmen!!!! Where will the cricket go? Thank God for saving Dravid,Sachin ans saurav????

  2. bpuriskabab February 20, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    If the history of professional sports in the US is any indication, this could be a very good thing for cricket. No longer is international cricket the only stage that pays, no longer is talent held hostage to the whims of aging ex-players and politicians (aka selectors).

  3. raydixon February 21, 2008 at 12:56 am #

    It’s a real ‘meat market’ isn’t it? It’s like those charity functions where so-called ‘studs are paraded on a stage and sold off to a frenzied crowd of desperate housewives for a “dinner date” … and whatever comes after.

    Symonds would probably bring just as much at a “dinner date” auction, but no one would bid for Ponting – unless they have a ‘little boy’ fetish.

  4. Vijay February 21, 2008 at 1:22 am #

    @bpsk: The politicians (aka BCCI) are not doing badly either 🙂

    @Ray: I was half expecting the ramp walk…. By the way Ponting went for much less money than expected…

  5. some body February 21, 2008 at 6:31 am #

    vijay:

    well, the opening moves have been made. i have to confess that i have not really spent too much time to learn about the contract clauses, rules etc. – heck, i am not yet sure whether these are annual contracts or for the length of the contracts, and whether they are guaranteed or not. how about trades?

    it will be fun to keep up. one thought keeps coming back – whither icl? if nothing else, at least they should charge bcci some royalty for the idea.

    from the little i read, it appears that ponting and hayden went for less money because of the looming pakistan tour. symonds has declined to go …?

    the surprises for me were mcgrath and ganguly. isn’t it ironic (iconic? 😉 that a player who is deemed not good enough to represent the country for odis gets paid among the top five or so? mcgrath should’ve opted for icl. but then we would’ve missed any potential future “racy” clashes with harby!!

    somehow i failed to understand your mother’s comment regarding tendulkar, dravid and ganguly. i think kapil dev – and the other indian cricketers who are supposedly losing their pensions for joining icl – really need saving!

    ray:

    ‘Symonds would probably bring just as much at a “dinner date” auction, but no one would bid for Ponting – unless they have a ‘little boy’ fetish.’

    jockeys who ride the studs are typically puny. well, on second thoughts, i wonder if that analogy came out right … 😉 something tells me that this same auction, had it happened before sydney, might have skewed the australian players’ kitty somewhat – though you would well argue that – of all players – symonds was unaffected (vindicated?).

    – s.b.

  6. Vijay February 21, 2008 at 6:37 am #

    @SB: I think the IPL started out as a “stalling” tactic by the BCCI against the ICL and it suddenly got serious when they found enough suckers willing to pay big bucks to get a franchise… I dont know how the trading works… but apparently players can be “sold”… Icons cannot be sold…. actually you are right that Symonds went for more money because of the fact he was not touring Pak… on Mom’s comment she was only following it in bits and pieces.. she was not aware of the fact that the “big” three’s ICONIC status 🙂

  7. IPL Blogger February 26, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    IPL is going to be a big success in a country like india. It would gradually be interesting for other countries as their top batsmen can play in IPL. important is the money flowing over IPL. View all the teams http://www.iplblogger.com/index.php?q=node/30

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