Kerala enjoyed mixed fortunes on Thursday as the uncapped Indian players went under the hammer in the two-day auction for season seven of the Indian Premier League in Bangalore.
While pacemen Prasanth Parameswaran and Sandeep Warrier were snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively for their base price, four others went unsold as the auctions drew to a close.
Experienced left-armer Prasanth, who was in the RCB squad last season, was picked up by the Hyderabad franchise for Rs 30 lakh. Later, rising right-arm quick Sandeep, currently a trainee with the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, was contracted by the Bangalore team for Rs 10 lakh. He was part of the same franchise last year.
With teenage sensation Sanju Samson having been retained earlier by Rajasthan Royals, three Kerala cricketers will be part of the latest edition of the high-profile T-20 competition, the schedule of which is yet to be announced. Of the six Kerala players who made it to the auction list, current skipper Sachin Baby (base price - Rs 20 Lakh), former captains V A Jagadeesh (Rs 20 Lakh) and Raiphi Vincent Gomez (Rs 10 Lakh) and senior spinner P Prasanth (Rs 10 Lakh) found no takers.
The left-handed Sachin played for RR last season but missed out this time. Allrounder Raiphi, who played for the erstwhile Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011, was also part of the disbanded Pune Warriors India.
Similar is the fate of P Prasanth, the former KTK player who was picked up by SH last year.
With the IPL guidelines stating that only players who have entered in the auction process will be considered for replacements in the event if injuries or withdrawals, the KCA is hopeful that the unlucky ones would get an opportunity in one of the eight teams set to battle it out in the cash-rich league this summer.
Leading batsman Rohan Prem, left-arm spinner C P Shahid, medium pacer N Niyas and allrounder Vinoop Manoharan failed to make it to the final league list.