Afridi was awash to the Dhaka authorization for $700,000


DHAKA: Above Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was the hottest acreage in an bargain captivated for the countdown Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Twenty20 clash on Thursday, but English spinner Monty Panesar and above South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs bootless to allure bids.

Afridi was awash to the Dhaka authorization for $700,000 afterwards some acute behest involving bristles of the six franchises for the Feb. 10-28 tournament, which is based on the acknowledged Indian Premier League model.

The all-rounder, however, will alone be accessible for the final two canicule of the aperture BPL attack as he is on civic aggregation assignment adjoin England in the United Arab Emirates.

Tournament organisers said the money would be accustomed to the players appropriately for the matches they are available.

Quick-scoring West Indian batsman Chris Gayle, who is accessible from Feb. 14, was addition to allure absorption with Barisal advantageous $551,000 for him.

His compatriots Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard additionally created a activity as they were awash for $360,000 and $300,000 to Rajshahi and Dhaka franchises respectively.

A absolute of 111 across players and 80 bounded cricketers were put on bargain with teams accustomed a best account of $2million and able to buy no added than eight across players.

Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (Chittagong $150,000) West Indies' Dwayne Bravo (Chittagong $150,000), Australia's Brad Hodge (Barisal $140,000), Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (Rajshahi $110,000) and Muttiah Muralitharan (Chittagong $100,000) were amid others to go for big money.

No Indian players were included in the auction.

Along with Panesar and Gibbs, New Zealand's Scott Styris and Lou Vincent bootless to allure a buyer.

Ireland's wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O'Brien was the best big-ticket amateur from the accessory nations with Khulna advantageous $80,000 for the batsman.

Bangladesh internationals Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Ashraful, Shahriar Nafees and Alok Kapali had been called as figure players for six franchises and were afar from auction.

All-rounder Nasir Hossain was the most-sought-after Bangladeshi in the bargain with Khulna sealing his signature for $200,000.

India-based Game On Sports Management will run the clash afterwards acceptable the bid from the Bangladesh Cricket Board for six years for $44.33 million. 

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