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Only Fabian Allen sold as Windies players spark little interest at IPL auction

By February 18, 2021

There was little interest in West Indies players at the 2021 IPL Auction held in Chennai earlier today.

About 18 West Indies players were in the pool of 292 players hoping to fill 61 slots across the eight IPL franchises but only one, Fabian Allen, was sold. The Jamaican all-rounder will join Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran at the renamed Punjab Kings for the new season for just over US$100,000.

Meanwhile, the likes of Evin Lewis and Sheldon Cottrell, who had a base price of just under US$150,000 went unsold.

 Darren Bravo, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford, who each had a similar base price as Allen, also failed to spark any interest among the franchises.

Players like Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas, Chemar Holder, Fidel Edwards, Carlos Brathwaite and several others, also had a base price of around US$70,000 but their affordability did not seem to make them any more attractive to the cash-rich squads that already had retained several West Indies players like Gayle, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and the elder of the Bravo brothers, Dwayne.

 

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