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Nothing exemplifies better the appeal of cricket in India than the disparate winning bidders for the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) Indian Premiere League (IPL) teams. They range from infrastructure and private equity firms to film stars.

While the organisers raised a whopping Rs 7,000 crore from the auction, franchisees will now market their individual teams and christen them in consultation with IPL. The rights last for ten years, starting from this year.

While GMR Holdings bagged team Delhi for Rs 336 crore, RIL won Mumbai for Rs 447.6 crore. India Cements snagged Chennai for Rs 364 crore, while UB Group picked up Bangalore for Rs 446.4 crore. Preity Zinta-Ness Wadia-Karan Paul-Mohit Burman won the Mohali team for Rs 304 crore, while UK’s Emerging Media won Jaipur for Rs 268 crore. Hyderabad went to Deccan Chronicle Holdings for Rs 428.04 crore, and the Kolkata team to Shah Rukh Khan-Juhi Chawla-Jay Mehta for Rs 300.36 crore. Bids opened at $50 million.

Franchisees will pick up 80% of TV revenues in the first and second years, 70% in the third and the fourth years, and 60% from the fifth to tenth years. They will also get 60% of sponsorship revenues, as well as 100% of gate takings, title sponsorship, shirt sponsorship, local sponsorship, licensing, merchandising, hospitality and premium seating, match-day concessions, match-day promotions, and franchise media platforms.

IPL has contracted the top 80 cricketers according to ICC rankings and player auctions will be held on February 8. It will allow each franchisee to bid for Indian and overseas players contracted by IPL. At most 8 overseas players will be allowed per franchisee.
 

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: - India's ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been bought by the Chennai team for a whopping USD 1.5 million after the first round of bidding for players for the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The first round of bidding took just over an hour and those on the block included Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne and Shoaib Akhtar among others.

Among the foreign players, Australia's Adam Gilchrist has gone to the Hyderabad team for USD 700,000, while former team mate Shane Warne has commanded a price of USD 450,000 from the Jaipur team.

Wily offie Muttiah Muralitharan will also join Dhoni in the Chennai team for USD 600,000.

Bollywood actor Preity Zinta and co-owner Ness Wadi have bid for Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene for their Mohali team for USD 475,000.

Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has been lapped up by the Kolkata team for USD 425,000.

Each of the eight teams is allowed to spend a maximum of five million dollars to buy their players.

The second round of bidding will start at 1230 IST.


Second round

In the second round, Sanath Jayasuriya has commanded the highest price of USD 975,000 from Mumbai. Harbhajan Singh will also join him in the same side for USD 850,000.

Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara joins his skipper Jayawardene in the Mohali team for USD 700,000, while India's Test captain Anil Kumble joins his city team of Bangalore for USD 500,000.

Glenn McGrath and Yousuf have been pushed into the reserve team and will come up for auction later.

Third round

Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has been the costliest player to be bid for in the this round with Hyderabad paying USD 1.35 million, second only to Dhoni's bid.

His skipper Ricky Ponting has gone to Kolkata for USD 400,000, while Brett Lee joins Mohali for USD 900,000 and Matthew Hayden joins Chennai for USD 375,000.

Among the New Zealanders, Daniel Vettori joins Delhi for USD 625,000; Jacob Oram goes to Chennai for USD 675,000 and Brendon McCullum goes to Kolkata for USD 700,000.

Meanwhile, Michael Hussey has been pushed to the reserve pool of players.

Pre-Bid

On Wednesday, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan and big business houses will be among those who bid hundreds of thousands of dollars to shop for 77 of the world’s greatest cricketers in what could be a historic auction.

Auctions for eight Indian Premier League T20 teams will start at a Mumbai five-star hotel from 1100 IST and is expected to go on late in to the evening.

Icon players Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai), Sourav Ganguly (Kolkata), Rahul Dravid (Bangalore), Yuvraj Singh (Chandigarh) and Virender Sehwag (Delhi) will not be auctioned. The players will get 15 per cent over the highest paid player in their team.

Chairman Lalit Modi told reporters in Mumbai that the auctions will be conducted by Christie’s, New York to ensure a smooth process. There are 25 Indians, 13 Australians, 11 Sri Lankans, 11 South Africans, eight Pakistanis, five New Zealanders, three West Indians and one Zimbabwean on the list.

First to come under the hammer will be Shane Warne followed by MS Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist and Shoaib Akhtar.

Icon players Dravid and Ganguly have already reached the Hilton Towers, Nariman Point in Mumbai. No player apart from icon players will be allowed in. Both the veterans are already strategising teams on how to go about shopping for their players.
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Fourth round

South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has emerged as the most expensive player in this round of bidding with the Bangalore team bidding USD 900,000 for him.

Other Proteas players who went under the hammer in this round were: Graeme Smith (USD 475,000 - Jaipur) and Herschelle Gibbs (USD 575,000 - Hyderabad).

Among the Indian players, S Sreesanth commanded USD 625,000 from Mohali, while his senior partner Zaheer Khan went to Bangalore for USD 450,000.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle went to Kolkata for 800,000; while former Kiwi skipper Stephen Fleming joined Chennai for USD 350,000.

There were four Pakistan players in this round of bidding. Hyderabad won Shahid Afridi for USD 675,000, while Delhi paid the same amount for Mohammad Asif.

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik too joined Delhi for 500,000; while Younus Khan was bid at USD 225,000 by Jaipur.


FiFth round

India's Dinesh Karthik won the highest bid of USD 525,000 from the Delhi team in this round, while Zimbabwe's Tatendu Taibu had no takers and was pushed to the reserve list.

Mark Boucher joined Kallis in the Bangalore team for USD 450,000; while AB de Villiers joined Delhi for USD 300,000.

Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel was picked up by Chennai for USD 325,000 while Pakistan gloveman Kamran Akmal joined Jaipur for USD 150,000.
 

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Team-wise player list
The player bids for the eight teams in the Indian Premier League took place in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Here's a look at the team-wise player list:

BANGALORE

Rahul Dravid: Icon player

Jacques Kallis (SA): USD 900,000

Anil Kumble (IND) : USD 500,000

Cameron White (AUS): USD 500,000

Zaheer Khan (IND): USD 450,000

Mark Boucher (SA): USD 450,000

Nathan Bracken (AUS): USD 325,000

Dale Steyn (SA): USD 325,000

S Chanderpaul (WI): USD 200,000

Wasim Jaffer (IND): USD 150,000


CHENNAI

MS Dhoni (IND): USD 1.5 million

Jacob Oram (NZ): USD 675,000

Albie Morkel (SA): USD 675,000

Suresh Raina (IND): USD 650,000

M Muralitharan (SL): USD 600,000

Matthew Hayden (AUS): USD 375,000

Parthiv Patel (IND): USD 325,000

Michael Hussey (AUS): USD 250,000

Joginder Sharma (IND): USD 225,000

Makhaya Ntini (SA): USD 200,000


DELHI

Virender Sehwag: Icon Player

Gautam Gambhir (IND): USD 750,000

Manoj Tiwary (IND): USD 675,000

Mohammadd Asif (PAK): USD 675,000

Daniel Vettori (NZ): USD 625,000

Dinesh Karthik (IND): USD 525,000

Shoaib Malik (PAK): USD 500,000

Glenn McGrath (AUS): USD 350,000

AB de Villiers (SA): USD 300,000

Tilekaratne Dilshan (SL): USD 250,000

Farveez Maharoof (SL): USD 225,000


HYDERABAD:

Andrew Symonds (AUS): USD 1.35 mn

RP Singh (IND): USD 875,000

Rohit Sharma (IND): USD 750,000

Adam Gilchrist (AUS): USD 700,000

Shahid Afridi (PAK): USD 675,000

Herschelle Gibbs (SA): USD 575,000

VVS Laxman (IND): USD 375,000

Chaminda Vaas (SL): USD 200,000

Scott Styris (NZ): USD 175,000

Nuwan Zoysa (SL): USD 110,000

Chamara Silva (SL): USD 100,000


JAIPUR

Mohammad Kaif (IND): USD 675,000

Yusuf Pathan (IND): USD 475,000

Graeme Smith (SA): USD 475,000

Shane Warne (AUS): USD 450,000

Munaf Patel (IND): USD 275,000

Younus Khan (PAK): USD 225,000

Justin Langer (AUS): USD 200,000

Kamran Akmal (PAK): USD 150,000


KOLKATA

Sourav Ganuguly: Icon Player

Ishant Sharma (IND): USD 950,000

Chris Gayle (WI): USD 800,000

Brendon McCullum (NZ): USD 700,000

David Hussey (AUS): USD 625,000

Shoaib Akhtar (PAK): USD 425,000

Murali Kartik (IND): USD 425,000

Ricky Ponting (AUS): USD 400,000

Ajit Agarkar (IND): USD 350,000

Umar Gul (PAK): USD 150,000

Tatenda Taibu (ZIM): USD 125,000


MOHALI

Yuvraj Singh: Icon Player

Irfan Pathan (IND): USD 925,000

Brett Lee (AUS): USD 900,000

K Sangakkara (SL): USD 700,000

S Sreesanth (IND): USD 625,000

M Jayawardene (SL): USD 475,000

Piyush Chawla (IND): USD 400,000

Ramnaresh Sarwan (WI): USD 225,000

Simon Katich (AUS): 225,000

Romesh Powar (IND): USD 170,000


MUMBAI

Sachin Tendulkar (IND): Icon Player

S Jayasuriya (SL): USD 975,000

Harbhajan Singh (IND): USD 850,000

Robin Uthappa (IND): USD 800,000

Shaun Pollock (SA): USD 550,000

Lasith Malinga (SL): USD 350,000

Loots Bosman (SA): USD 175,000

Dilhara Fernando (SL): USD 150,000
 
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