Shakib Al Hasan, the second best all-rounder in Test cricket, became the highest paid cricketer when Dhaka Gladiators bought him for US$365,000 in the player’s auction held Thursday for the second edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), reports UNB…

Earlier, nine foreign cricketers, including West Indies‘ Kieron Pollard, withdrew from the BPL players’ auction held on Thursday in Dhaka. Pollard played for Dhaka Gladiators, last season’s champions, and this year he was in the Golden category.

The BPL governing council, however, added two overseas players to the auction for the 2nd edition-batsman Marlon Samuels of West Indies and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka…

England batsman Michael Lumb, who was in category A, also pulled out. The other players to withdraw were Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe), Cameron Merchant (New Zealand), James Taylor and Ed Young (England), Michael Smith (South Africa), Fawad Alam (Pakistan), and Chesney Hughes (West Indies)…

The BPL Governing Council has fixed an expenditure limit of $1.5 million for the franchises this year. No franchise can have more than 10 foreign players while only five of them will be eligible to play in a particular match.

The second edition of BPL with seven franchises will start on January 17, 2013.

Dhaka Gladiators:

Shakib Al Hasan $365,000; Shahid Afridi $275,000; Luke Wright $75,000; Tillakaratne Dilshan $75,000; Owais Shah $75,000; Lasith Malinga $75,000

Chittagong Kings:

Imran Nazir $280,000; Mahmudullah Riad $125,000; Dwayne Bravo $175,000

Sylhet Royals:

Mushfiqur Rahim $205,000; Andre Russell $115,000;  Tino Best $75,000

Duronto Rajshahi:

Tamim Iqbal $165,000; Marlon Samuels $115,000

Barisal Burners:

Saeed Ajmal $115,000; Azhar Mahmood $260,000; Sunil Narine $75,000; Brad Hodge $125,000

Khulna Royal Bengals:

Shoaib Malik $85,000

Rangpur Riders:

Fidel Edwards $75,000


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