IPL 2013: Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting get top base price

In the auction list of IPL 2013, the two names, both from Australia, have attracted the highest base price of $400,000 [Rs 2.1 crore] among the 101 names of cricketers auctioned on Sunday.

And, the two cricketers are former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and his successor Michael Clarke.

However, the list of 101 cricketers has once again did not include any player from Pakistan.

There are four marquee players in the list, and the other cricketers are South African all-rounder Johan Botha and out-of-favour Indian pacer R.P. Singh, whose base price has been pegged at $100,000.

Indian bowler RP Singh was bought by Mumbai Indians in 2012 for $600,000, but after a dismal show of 10 wickets from 11 matches, he was released by the franchise.

On the other hand, South Africa’s Johan Botha has attracted a base price of $300,000.

While, West Indies captain who won World T20 Championship, Darren Sammy was out for the auction for the first time. His base price was set at $100,000.

England’s Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara, both went unsold last year, have a base price of $100,000 and $200,000.

If talking about the coaches, the former Australian cricketer and Deccen Chargers coach Darren Lehmann is the new coach of Kings XI Punjab in IPL Season 6.

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