Ravindra Jadeja to be IPL’s next million-dollar man?
Ravindra Jadeja could fetch million-dollar in IPL 2012 Auction in Bangalore on February 4, 2012.The auction proceedings of the world’s richest cricket tournament, Indian Premier League, will held in Bangalore where 144 players from eleven countries will go under hammer. IPL has increased the salary cap of each IPL team by $2 million and also have increased the squad size to 33 from previous limit 30. Each team now can spend $2 million in the event meant for players not picked up in last year’s auction. Only Bangalore and Pune can the money available in their purse after retaining their respective replacement player, Chris Gayle and Sourav Ganguly.
Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene are the player of the defunct IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala and they are four player out of five in the marquee category for the auction. These players in marquee category are expected to be top draws at the auction and likely to fetch more money than other players. These players are likely to be auctioned first on February 4, 2012 on auction day in Marquee Category. England pacer James Anderson is the only other notable player in this category.
Jadeja has the lowest base price of $100,000 among the marquee players. However, he is tipped to be one of the the hottest property in this year’s auction. Experts are suggesting that this is a strategical move by Jadeja. He set the lowest base price despite knowing that he will be one of the top property in this years auction. Jadeja wants to see all franchise bidding for him and s may ultimately fetch million dollar for him. We have seen this in last years auction. “Don’t be surprised if Jadeja joins the million-dollar club,” a team official said.
If things go as per expectations at the auction, Ravindra Jadeja, who is expected to fetch the highest price, may see his fate being decided by a secret ballot, conducted by the IPL authorities, who with this one single ruling have ensured that only the team with the deepest pockets can win in such a situation.