February 4, 2013
England wicket-keeper Matt Prior has failed to attract any bids in this year’s Indian Premier League auction. Ravi Bopara and Kevin O’Brien were also left disappointed by non-selection at the auction.
Prior has recently been playing in Australia’s Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder but struggled to make an impact with the bat in his time in New South Wales. Despite having an excellent Test record, Prior has failed to cement his place in England’s limited overs teams, and currently finds himself out of the side.
It is the second year running that Prior has missed out on selection in the tournament widely regarded as the premier competition in Twenty20 cricket.
Australian’s Glenn Maxwell was the biggest beneficiary having received the highest bid of $1m (£676,000) from the Mumbai Indians. The next highest sale was the Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis who was sold for $725,000 to Pune Warriors.
Both Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting were purchased at their base price of $400,000. Clarke will team up with Pune Warriors, with Ponting joining the Mumbai Indians. The IPL begins on 3rd April and finishes on May 26th.
The Scoop 04/02/13