Cricket legend Brian Lara joined his West Indies team mate Chris Gayle in the unsold category at the players’ auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Saturday.The 41-year-old Trinidadian was the oldest player in the IPL auction and failed to attract any of the 10 franchises and the celebrity auctioneer Richard Madley didn’t waste much time to dump him in the unsold basket where he joined Gayle. Both are former West Indies captains.
Lara made a return to competitive cricket by playing in Zimbabwe’s premier Twenty20 league in October. He was eager to play in the IPL and was also working on his fitness.
Besides Gayle and Lara, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and South Africa’s wicketkeeper batsman Mark Boucher also failed to get any buyer.
Trinidadian Dwayne Bravo was the only West Indian to be sold on the first day of the auction, the all-rounder was picked up by the Chennai Super Kings for $200,000. Bravo’s Trinidad & West Indies team mate Kieron Pollard was retained by the Mumbai Indians for $900,000.
There were 28 West Indian hopefuls, excluding Pollard, for this year’s auction.
With some of the marquee players like Sourav Ganguly, Chris Gayle and Brian Lara attracting no buyer in the players’ auction, Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Chrayu Amin said it was the reality of the life.
“This is a reality of the game. It is extremely competitive and the choice of players is left with the owners. The IPL governing council has no say in this matter. It is unfortunate but that’s the reality of life,” said Amin.
Amin, who is also the vice-president of the Indian cricket board, said that unsold players will still get one more chance.
“The unsold players will be back in the fray again after the initial rounds are over,” he said.