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Symonds $1.47 million talking point of game's new world

Roar Guru
20th February, 2008
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Australia’s Andrew Symonds reacts after scoring a century - AP Photo/Gautam Singh
Australian allrounder Andrew Symonds was sold to Indian Premier League franchise Hyderabad for A$1.47 million in the IPL auction at Mumbai tonight, hours after indicating he would not be available for the concurrent tour of Pakistan.

Full IPL auction details below.

Symonds’ high-priced sale and its circumstances were the major talking points of a day where cricket’s conventions were changed forever, from a game where most players have largely represented the states and nations of their birth to a free market economy more akin to the high stakes gambling of European football.

The Symonds sale was shown in harsh relief against those of Matthew Hayden (Chennai, A$409,000) and Ricky Ponting (Kolkata, A$436,000), who were both snapped up at a bargain rate by comparison but are widely expected to be unavailable due to Australian touring commitments.

Symonds today said he was not satisfied the Pakistan tour could be undertaken safely, and followed up on his December 2007 intimation that he would pull out of the tour if it appeared too great a risk.

“I don’t think I would go, no,” Symonds told Network Ten when asked what his position was on the tour.

“I just dread to think what would happen if someone got hurt, let alone killed.

“It’s just a situation you’d never want to find yourself in.”

Symonds’ possible replacement for a tour of Pakistan, in-form Victorian David Hussey, went to Kolkata for a princely A$740,000, a price no doubt raised tonight by his superlative one day century for the Bushrangers against NSW.

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Among previous players up for sale, only Indian one day captain MS Dhoni, the highest profile home player not already attached to one of the competition’s eight franchises, sold for a price in Symonds’ league.

Dhoni cost around A$1.65 million and was picked up by Chennai, who also splashed out about A$656,000 for the signature of Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.

Test spearhead Brett Lee was taken by Mohali for A$982,000, where he will join Sri Lankan pair Mahela Jayawardene (A$519,000), Kumar Sangakkara ($764,000) and former Sri Lankan coach Tom Moody.

Adam Gilchrist went to Hyderabad at a cost of A$765,000, while fellow retiree Shane Warne was taken by Jaipur at his reserve price of A$492,000.

The big ticket Kolkata franchise, to be captained by Sourav Ganguly and coached by John Buchanan, has added another personality to the mix by signing ageing Pakistani quick Shoaib Akhtar for A$464,000.

Mumbai secured Sanath Jayasuriya for A$1.064 million and Harbhajan Singh for A$927,000.

Jayasuriya’s high price came as something of a surprise given his age (38), though his hyper aggressive batting is a perfect fit for the Twenty20 format.

Also surprisingly, former Australian spearhead Glenn McGrath and key Pakistani batsman Mohammed Yousuf were pitched back into the player pool after neither was able to reach their reserve price.

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Mike Hussey, Justin Langer and Simon Katich were among other players not to be sold at the first time of asking, whereas Kiwi trio Jacob Oram (A$736,000), Brendon McCullum (A$763,000) and Daniel Vettori (A$681,000) all fetched handsome sums.

The masses of cash on display at the auction also had the effect of beefing up the value of each team’s “icon” player, the Indian stars exempt from sale due to their alignment to the team of their region.

Under competition rules these icon players must earn 15 per cent more than the highest priced players at auction, meaning Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai, A$1.22 million), Yuvraj Singh (Mohali) and Sourav Ganguly (Kolkata) have all been given considerable added value thanks to other bids.

WHAT THE AUSTRALIANS FETCHED AT THE IPL AUCTION (all amounts in Australian dollars)
Andrew Symonds (Hyderabad) $1.47 million
Brett Lee (Mohali) $982,000
Adam Gilchrist (Hyderabad) $765,000
David Hussey (Kolkata) $740,000
Cameron White (Bangalore) $546,000
Shane Warne (Jaipur) $492,000
Ricky Ponting (Kolkata) $436,000
Matthew Hayden (Chennai) $409,000
Nathan Bracken (Bangalore) $354,000
Glenn McGrath (Delhi) $381,000
Michael Hussey (Chennai) $381,000
Simon Katich (Mohali) $218,000
Justin Langer (Jaipur) $218,000

PLAYERS BY TEAM

BANGALORE: Rahul Dravid (icon), Anil Kumble (Ind) $526,000, Jacques Kallis (SAf) $981,000, Zaheer Khan (Ind) $491,000, Mark Boucher (SAf) $491,000, Cameron White (Aus) $546,000, Wasim Jaffer (Ind) $164,000, Nathan Bracken (Aus) $354,000, Dale Steyn (SAf) $354,000, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI) $218,000

CHENNAI SUPERKINGS: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind) $1.65 million, Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) $656,000, Matthew Hayden (Aus) $409,000, Jacob Oram (NZ) $736,000, Parthiv Patel (Ind) $355,000, Albie Morkel (SAf) $737,000, Joginder Sharma (Ind) $246,000, Suresh Raina (Ind) $711,000, Makhaya Ntini (Saf) $215,000, Michael Hussey (Aus) $381,000, Stephen Fleming (NZ) $381,000

DELHI DAREDEVILS: Virender Sehwag (icon), Daniel Vettori (NZ) $681,000, Shoaib Malik (Pak) $545,000, Mohammad Asif (Pak) $709,000, Dinesh Karthik (Ind) $573,000, AB de Villiers (SAf) $328,000, Farveez Maharoof (SL) $246,000, Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) $273,000, Manoj Tiwary (Ind) $740,000, Gautam Gambhir (Ind) $793,000, Glenn McGrath (Aus) $381,000

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HYDERABAD: Adam Gilchrist (Aus) $765,000, Andrew Symonds (Aus) $1.47 million, Herschelle Gibbs (SAf) $627,000, Shahid Afridi (Pak) $736,000, Chamara Silva (SL) $109,000, VVS Laxman (Ind) $410,000, Rohit Sharma (Ind) $821,000, RP Singh (Ind) $950,000, Chaminda Vaas (SL) $217,000, Nuwan Zoysa (SL) $120,000, Scott Styris (NZ) $190,000

JAIPUR: Shane Warne (Aus) $492,000, Graeme Smith (SAf) $518,000, Younis Khan (Pak) $245,000, Kamran Akmal (Pak) $164,000, Yusuf Pathan (Ind) $519,000, Mohammad Kaif (Ind) $738,000, Munaf Patel (Ind) $300,000, Justin Langer (Aus) $218,000

KOLKATA: Sourav Ganguly (icon), Shoaib Akhtar (Pak) $464,000, Ricky Ponting (Aus) $436,000, Brendon McCullum (NZ) $763,000, Chris Gayle (WI) $872,000, Ajit Agarkar (Ind) $382,000, David Hussey (Aus) $740,000, Murali Kartik (Ind) $460,000, Umar Gul (Pak) $163,000, Ishant Sharma (Ind) $1.03 million, Tatenda Taibu (Zim) $136,000

MOHALI: Yuvraj Singh (icon), Mahela Jayawardene (SL) $519,000, Kumar Sangakkara (SL) $764,000, Brett Lee (Aus) $982,000, Shantha Sreesanth (Ind) $681,000, Irfan Pathan (Ind) $1.01 million, Ramesh Powar (Ind) $185,000, Piyush Chawla (Ind) $435,000, Simon Katich (Aus) $218,000, Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI) $245,000

MUMBAI:
Sachin Tendulkar (icon), Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) $1.064 million, Harbhajan Singh (Ind) $927,000, Shaun Pollock (SAf) $601,000, Robin Uthappa (Ind) $875,000, Lasith Malinga (SL) $380,000, Dilhara Fernando (SL) $163,000, Loots Bosman (SAf) $190,000