Pollard, Gayle set low IPL auction prices
Windies stars Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard have reportedly set their prices at Rs. 2 crores (US$312,597) in anticipation of being picked up by new clubs at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction set for later this month.
The big-hitting Gayle was not among three players retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who opted to selected Indian captain Virat Kohli, South Africa's AB de Villiers and young Sarfaraz Khan. Pollard found himself on the auction block after the Mumbai Indians decided to retain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
Both Gayle and Pollard could be re-selected by their respective teams under the Right to Match (RTM) clause, but while the option seems a real possibility for Pollard it is less likely for Gayle who has struggled with injury and form in recent times.
The 38-year-old, who was picked up by RCB in 2011, has had a subpar last couple of seasons, scoring 447 runs in 19 appearances. While the player was surprisingly left out of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), he did stage a recovery of sorts in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where he led Rangpur Riders past Dhaka Dynamites in the final.
Gayle scored 146 runs from just 69 balls. It was an innings glittered with 18 sixes, a world record for the number of sixes in a T20 match.