Saffas for sale

The IPL auction list for 2014 has been released with no less than 53 South African players, capped and uncapped, named on the longlist for the auction on February 12. 

The franchises received the list on 30 January and they have till 3 February to submit the names of the players they are interested in. This will allow for the IPL to create a shortlist to use at the auction in Bangalore.

53 South African’s have been put forward to go into the auction, including 32 capped internationals. Jacques Kallis will be at the top of this list, with the veteran being the only Saffa in a 31-strong group of players with the highest base price (Rs 200 million- US$ 320,000 approximately). The Morkel brothers, Albie and Morne, join Faf du Plessis in the second highest base price bracket of Rs 150 million ($240 000 approx). Quinton de Kock, who I predicted to be a millionaire at the auction, has attracted a base price of Rs 100 million ($150 ooo approx), along with JP Duminy, Ryan McLaren, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Imran Tahir and forgotten limited overs whiz Johan Botha.

Once again, Hashim Amla has opted not to put his name into the hat, making him the most glaring omission from the list alongside Kumar Sangkarra, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler and of course the Pakistanis. Sangakarra withdrawal was a very smart tactical move on his part. Due to Sri Lanka’s tour to England, Sanga won’t be available for a large portion of the tournament and will re-enter the auction in 2015 in a hope to attract a higher price.

The new ruling states that Indian players are to be paid in Rupees, whilst Overseas players can choose a currency of their own choice. Let’s hope someone steers young Quinton in the direction of the American Greenback!

Click here for my article It’s all about the Benjamins in which I predict who the big dogs will be come auction time.

Players valued at maximum based price (Rs 20 million – US$ 320 000 approx)

Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Murali Vijay (all India), George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc (all Australia), Alex Hales, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen (all England), Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor (both New Zealand), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (all Sri Lanka), Marlon Samuels (West Indies).

South African players entered into IPL auction longlist (base price in approximate US Dollars):

*indicates uncapped at international level

$320 000 – Jacques Kallis (Cobras)

$240 000 – Faf du Plessis, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel (all Titans)

$150 000 – Johan Botha (South Australia), JP Duminy, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander (all Cobras) Ryan McLaren (Knights), Quinton de Kock, Chris Morris, Imran Tahir (all Lions), Wayne Parnell (Warriors)

$80 000 – Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi (both Cobras), Vaughan van Jaarsveld (Dolphins), Nicky Boje, Dean Elgar (both Knights), Neil McKenzie (Lions), Herschelle Gibbs (N/A)

$50 000 – Justin Kemp, Justin Ontong, Dane Vilas, Beuran Hendricks* (all Cobras), Yusuf Abdulla (Dolphins), Gulam Bodi, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Dwaine Pretorius* (all Lions), Marchant de Lange, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Roelof van der Merwe, David Wiese (all Titans), Rusty Theron, Jon-Jon Smuts* (Warriors)

$30 000 – Stiaan van Zyl* (Cobras), Craig Alexander* (Dolphins), Dillon du Preez*, Reeza Hendricks*, Shadely van Schalkwyk* (all Knights), Andrew Birch* (Warriors)

$15 000 – Cameron Delport*, Robbie Frylinck*, Daryn Smit*, Khaya Zondo* (all Dolphins), Rassie van der Dussen*, Hardus Viljoen* (both Lions), Ryan Bailey*, Davy Jacobs*, Simon Harmer*, Christiaan Jonker* (all Warriors)

TBC – Keshav Maharaj* (Dolphins), Ayabulela Gqamane* (Warriors)

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