No block party
WEST INDIAN cricketers have been flatly rejected by the Indian Premier League (IPL).
On the final day of auctioning for the 2011 tournament yesterday, fast bowler Jerome Taylor was the only West Indian who attracted a buyer.
After two days of auctioning in Bangalore, 25 Caribbean cricketers, including former high-profile captains Brian Lara and Chris Gayle, were left unsold for the sport’s most lucrative league.
Seven Barbadians were among the West Indians who failed to lure interest from the ten franchises contesting the fourth edition of the tournament starting on April 8. They were dashing all-rounder Dwayne Smith, experienced batsman Floyd Reifer, mean left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn and the fast bowling quartet of Kemar Roach, Fidel Edwards, Pedro Collins and Tino Best.
Taylor, who is on the comeback trail following a series of injuries that limited his availability to West Indies last year, was bought for US$100 000 by Pune.
His signing means that only three West Indians will be lining up for the glitzy tournament.
OUT IN THE COLD:
The following West Indian players did not attract a buyer for the 2011 IPL:
Carlton Baugh Jr