Record IPL price-tag sees Pat Cummins picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders

PAT CUMMINS, the Australia fast bowler, became the most expensive overseas player in Indian Premier League history at the annual player auction yesterday.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 19th December 2019, 7:46 pm
PICKED: Yorkshire and England's Jonny Bairstow. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
PICKED: Yorkshire and England's Jonny Bairstow. Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Cummins, 26, benefited from a bidding war between Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, Kolkata winning with a price of £1.7m.

The other million-pound earners were Glenn Maxwell, the Australia all-rounder and former Yorkshire player, bought by Kings XI Punjab for £1.15m, and Chris Morris, the South Africa all-rounder, purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore for £1.1m.

There were huge deals, too, for Sheldon Cottrell, the West Indies fast bowler, a £914,000 buy for Kings XI Punjab, and for Australia pace man Nathan Coulter-Nile, who went to Mumbai Indians for £863,000.

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TOP EARNER: Australia's Pat Cummins has been picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA

Sam Curran, the England all-rounder, was snapped up for £590,000 by Chennai Super Kings, while England captain Eoin Morgan went to Kolkata Knight Riders for £563,000.

England’s Jason Roy and Chris Woakes were both signed for £161,000 by Delhi Capitals, with Yorkshire’s Jonny Bairstow and England team-mate Moeen Ali retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. Their England colleagues Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer were each retained by Rajasthan Royals.

The 13th edition of IPL, scheduled to start in April, also saw England’s Chris Jordan join Kings XI for £323,000.

Sam Curran’s brother, Tom, was bought by Rajasthan and Somerset’s Tom Banton acquired by Kolkata, both for £108,000.