KP, Freddie will spice up IPL: Modi

IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi is upbeat that the England players, especially Pietersen and Flintoff, will spice up the T20 tournament's second season.

updated: January 29, 2009 16:57 IST
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Indian Premier League Commissioner Lalit Modi is upbeat that the England players, especially Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, will spice up the lucrative Twenty20 tournament's second season auction on February 6.

"Everybody is very much looking forward to having England players. The players are happy they are all able to participate. They are all very good players and I think it will be very good for the second edition of the IPL," he said.

Star batsman Pietersen's bid will start at $1.35 million while all-rounder Flintoff is expected to touch $1 million mark with his reserve price for the Goa auctions.

There are 22 England players, including retired players Dominic Cork and Darren Gough, in the preliminary list of 148 cricketers. The list would be pruned down to 60.

Steve Harmison and Paul Collingwood both have base prices of $250,000, James Anderson and Ian Bell have a starting bid of $200,000 while left-arm spinner Monty Panesar is valued at $100,000.

"At the end of the day the franchises have to choose who the players are. Some are budding players and some are players with great experience behind them. The minimum price for Kevin Pietersen is $1.35m and for Andrew Flintoff $950,000 but what price they will go to is anybody's guess.

"This (the price) is based upon the 14 league games. If they play 10 of the 14 games they get paid according to ratio. If play seven they get half," Modi was quoted as saying by 'The Guardian'.

Modi also dismissed suggestions that a deal for Pietersen has already been done.

"That is not the case. The rules prohibit that. All players must go through the auction. They must be picked through the auction at hammer price."

The English players on the preliminary list are: Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior, Ravi Bopara, Rob Key, James Foster, Sajid Mahmood, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Shaun Udal, Ryan Sidebottom, Luke Wright, James Foster, Graeme Swann, Darren Gough, Dominic Cork and Ed Joyce.