New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson has set his base price at just under $200,000 for next month's Indian Premier League auction, where he is expected to be one of the most sought-after players.
Anderson is one of 18 New Zealanders to put his name forward for the glitzy auction on February 12 and 13.
After his world-record 36-ball century against West Indies on January 1 and his batting assaults in the first two ODIs against India, Anderson would have impressed plenty of team owners and coaches.
He set his reserve at 10 million rupees (NZ$194,000), the starting point from which teams will bid for his services. Players put their names forward for the auction and set their own base price.
IPL regulars Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor are the only New Zealanders to set their reserve at the maximum of R20 million ($387,000), along with the likes of Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis and Mahela Jayawardene.
Of the other New Zealanders, Jesse Ryder, Nathan McCullum and Kyle Mills have set their reserve at the same as Anderson.
The rest of the New Zealanders up for auction are at a base price of R3m to R5m (about $60,000-$100,000).
They are Neil Broom, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Jacob Oram, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford and Tim Southee.
There are three New Zealanders at the coaching helm of IPL sides: Stephen Fleming at Chennai Super Kings, John Wright at Mumbai Indians and newly-appointed Daniel Vettori at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Prices aren't expected to go through the roof as in past years, as teams had the option of "protecting" five players already on their books, and getting first right to bid for them at auction.
Some of the notable names missing from the auction are the Sri Lanka pair of Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal, Australia's Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh, England's Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, and West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach.
There are 232 players putting their names forward.
According to the new IPL player regulations, players will be paid in Indian rupees. Overseas players will be paid in the currency of their choice at the prevailing exchange rate on either the actual date of payment or contract due date.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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