IPL auction not just about money for Matt Henry

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 08/02/2014
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WHAT A START: Matt Henry takes 4-38 in his debut ODI.

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Canterbury's latest Black Cap, Matt Henry, has thrown his hat in the IPL auction ring, but it's not about the money.

Henry, 22, took 4-38 in his first one day international last week, slotting into international cricket like a pro.

His haul, against the world-class Indian batting line-up, was seen by millions of people in India and his stock has risen.

He bowled with pace, swing and control and showed no ill-affects of the step-up to international cricket - all valuable cricketing characteristics as far the rupee-rich IPL teams are concerned.

But Henry isn't in it for the money; experience and a potential chance to test himself alongside and against the best are more appealing for the right arm quick.

"I know people think it might be about the money, but it's not for me," he said.

"I'd love to go so I can work with the best players in the world and learn as much as I can. I'd obviously love to play too and test myself at that level, but at my age I want to learn as much as I can.

"At 22, you obviously want to be learning and this could be a way of fast tracking that.

"Even though I'm young, I know I've worked hard and I'm confident in my skill-set should I get an opportunity.

Henry is one of 22 Kiwis to make the final list for the auction which takes place next week in Bangalore.

The original 895-strong list of players originally included 18 New Zealanders. That list was culled on Thursday night (NZ time) to 514, though the number of New Zealanders rose to 22.

Players have the option of putting their own names forward though some are indirectly shoulder tapped.

Franchises inform the BCCI of who they are interested in. The BCCI passes that information on to the countries involves including New Zealand Cricket who pass it on to the players.

The longer list is passed back to the franchises and if there is no interest in players they are taken off the final auction list.

Henry's Canterbury opening bowling partner Hamish Bennett has also received interest and will feature in the auction while former Canterbury all-rounder Corey Anderson is expected to feature highly after his record-breaking New Year's Day century and blistering recent form.

Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been named as one of 16 marquee players for the auction.

McCullum has a reserve price of NZ$388,000. Franchises are only allowed to pick nine overseas players in their squads of 27, down from the 11 of the past.

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The in-form Ross Taylor has the same reserve as McCullum, but is not listed as one of the marquee players, rather as one of the specialist batsmen group.

Corey Anderson, Kyle Mills, Nathan McCullum and Jesse Ryder have a reserve of $194,000, Martin Guptill and Tim Southee are at $97,000 and the majority of the rest are at $58,000.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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