BPL: Afridi, Gayle fetch highest prices

Dhaka: Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi outdid West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, who is widely considered the most valuable Twenty20 player in the world, by fetching the biggest price at inaugural Bangladesh Premier League auction in Dhaka. Afridi was snapped by Dhaka Gladiators for US $700,000 a little after Gayle, whose international career has been stalled by a long-running dispute with the WICB, went for$551,000 to the Barisal Burners.
West Indies cricketers fared well at the auction, with Marlon Samuels getting a $360,000 bid from Duronto Rajshahi, and Kieron Pollard picking up a $300,000 deal with Gladiators. Allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Shoaib Malik were bought for $150,000 each.
Seventeen foreign players were put on auction with a base price of $100,000 including former Sri Lankan bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas, the New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris and Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor. Stuart MacGill, who has come back from retirement to play the Big Bash League, was one of 36 players auctioned at a base price of $50,000.
The BPL will be contested by six franchises that were bought for prices ranging between $1.01 million and $1.2 million, with SQ Sports picking up Chittagong for the highest value during the franchise auction on January 10.

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