Ricky Ponting attracts highest IPL bid

Last updated 17:17 31/01/2013

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Ricky Ponting has put fulltime retirement on hold to nominate for the lucrative Indian Premier League.

The former Australian skipper, who retired from international  cricket in November, has attracted the highest reserve price of $US400,000 on the auction list of 101 nominated players.

Ponting is joined by his successor as Australian Test captain  Michael Clarke as the only players with a top reserve price of  US$400,000 for the auction to be held in Chennai on February 3.

Clarke has been criticised over his desire to play in the  high-profile Twenty20 tournament which ends on May 26, just a month  before Australia's Ashes tour begins on June 26 with a four-day match against Somerset.

Clarke is joined by Ashes tour candidates Phil Hughes, reserve  price of $US100,000, Matthew Wade, $US200,000 , Moises Henriques $US100,000, and Glenn  Maxwell, $US200,000.

After years of shunning the IPL's riches, Clarke joined the  tournament for the first time last year with the Pune Warriors, but  was released by the franchise after averaging 16.33 over his six  games at just over a run a ball.

Ponting, 38, previously played for the Kolkota Knight Riders in  the IPL in 2008.

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