Graeme Swann has attracted the highest reserve price ahead of the IPL players' auction. (Getty Images)
New Delhi: England offspinner Graeme Swann has attracted the highest reserve price of $400,000 ahead of the IPL players' auction, to be held in Bangalore on February 4. The IPL Governing Council has shortlisted 183 players for the upcoming auction, including 25 Zimbabweans but leaving no room for players from Pakistan. Players from the Kochi Tuskers franchise will be included at a later date.
Swann's England team-mate James Anderson and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who was in December ruled out of action for an expected period of five to six months, were placed in the $300,000 bracket. Former Australian spinners Brad Hogg and Stuart MacGill and former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood – now an England resident - may not have played international cricket for four years but they are one of 25 names to attract reserve prices of $100,000.
The list featured 120 capped players, with Zimbabwe having the highest number (25) followed by West Indies (22), Sri Lanka (21), Australia and South Africa (15) and England and New Zealand (1).
Peter Siddle, Matt Prior, Chris Tremlett, Luke Wright, Rikki Clarke and Vernon Philander were all valued at a reserve price of $200,000. Hogg, MacGill and Mahmood will be joined in the $100,000 bracket by Xavier Doherty, Adam Voges, Jade Dernbach, Simon Jones, Kyle Mills, Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Alviro Petersen, Morne van Wyk, Imran Tahir, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Smith, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Daren Ganga, Darren Bravo, Brendan Taylor, and the uncapped Ben Cutting and Tom Maynard.
Notable among those who fetched a reserve price of $50,000 were Australia's Usman Khwaja, Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis, Zimbabwe's Tatenda Taibu and big-hitting Ireland allrounder Kevin O'Brien who created history by hitting the fastest World Cup century against England last year.
The participation of players from Sri Lanka, England, West Indies and Australia are in doubt, given that there will be three international series to clash with the IPL. Sri Lanka are hosting England in April, while West Indies host Australia and then travel to England in May.
The fifth season of the IPL will comprise nine teams and 76 matches and will begin and end in Chennai, with the opening match on April 4 and the final on May 27. The teams will play each other at home and away during a league phase consisting of 72 games at 11 venues beginning with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings playing Champions League Twenty20 winners Mumbai Indians. The tournament is scheduled to begin 12 days after the Asia Cup final and a week after the end of South Africa's tour of New Zealand.
2012 IPL auction register
Graeme Swann (England)
James Anderson (England) and Mitchell Johnson (Australia)
Peter Siddle (Australia), Matt Prior Chris Tremlett, Luke Wright, Rikki Clarke (England); Vernon Philander (South Africa)
Capped: Xavier Doherty, Adam Voges(Australia); Jade Dernbach, Simon Jones (England); Kyle Mills (New Zealand); Justin Kemp, Robin Peterson, Alviro Petersen, Morne van Wyk, Imran Tahir (South Africa); Ramnaresh Sarwan, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Smith, Ravi Rampaul, Fidel Edwards, Daren Ganga, Darren Bravo (West Indies); Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe).
Uncapped: Ben Cutting (Australia) and Tom Maynard (England).
Capped: Jason Krejza, Ben Laughlin, Graham Manou, Luke Ronchi, Shane Harwood, Usman Khawaja (Australia); Mal Loye (England); Lou Vincent, Jamie How, Ian Butler, Kane Williamson, Andy McKay, Rob Nicol, Doug Bracewell, Reece Young (New Zealand); Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Rory Kleinveldt (South Africa); Upul Tharanga, Farveez Maharoof, Chamara Kapugedera, Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welegedara (Sri Lanka); Carlton Baugh, Nikita Miller, Lendl Simmons, Suleiman Benn, Andre Russell, Devendra Bishoo, Adrian Barath, Sunil Narine (West Indies); Tatenda Taibu, Elton Chigumbura, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Vusi Sibanda, Chris Mpofu, Chamu Chibhabha, Ed Rainsford, Charles Coventry, Keith Dabengwa, Craig Ervine, Forster Mutizwa, Kyle Jarvis (Zimbabwe).
Uncapped: Lee Carseldine, Brendan Drew, Ben Dunk, Ben Edmondson, Peter Forrest, Daniel Harris, Jayde Herrick, Glenn Maxwell, Michael Neser (Australia); Jason Roy (England); Tom Cooper (Netherlands); Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (Ireland); Ahmed Amla, Dillon du Preez, Robert Frylinck, Richard Levi (South Africa).
Capped: Josh Hazlewood, Trent Copeland, Peter George (Australia); Daniel Flynn, Adam Milne (New Zealand); Jacques Rudolph, Justin Ontong, Paul Harris, Gulam Bodi, Vaughan van Jaarsveld, Andrew Puttick (South Africa); Thilina Kandamby, Thilan Thushara, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Dhammika Prasad, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva (Sri Lanka); Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Carlos Brathwaite, Garey Mathurin, Krishmar Santokie (West Indies); Malcolm Waller, Regis Chakabva, Keegan Meth, Timycen Maruma, Shingirai Masakadza, Brian Vitori, Tino Mawoyo, Natsai Mushangwe, Njabulo Ncube, Tendai Chatara (Zimbabwe).
Uncapped: Burt Cockley, Scott Coyte, Adam Crosthwaite, Tim Cruickshank, Luke Doran, Theo Doropoulos, Chris Hartley, Aaron Heal, Ashton May, Alister McDermott, Aaron O’Brien, Steve Paulsen, Kane Richardson, Ben Rohrer, Chris Simpson, Daniel Smith, Jonathan Wells (Australia); Gareth Andrew, Steffan Piolet (England); Neil Wagner, Kyle Abbott (New Zealand), Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, CJ de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Ethan O’Rielly, Daryn Smit, JJ Smuts, Jean Symes, Craig Thyssen, Stiaan van Zyl, Dane Vilas, Shaun von Berg, David Wiese (South Africa); Kusal Perera, Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka); Samuel Badree, Jonathan Carter, Kevon Cooper, Kelbert Walters (West Indies); Neville Walters, Richard Muzhange (Zimbabwe).