Cameron Green is officially an IPL multi-millionaire after an insane bidding war for his services came to fruition, as expected, at the Indian Premier League Auction on Friday night.
Green broke Pat Cummins’ 15.5 crore record for the biggest ever IPL deal for an Australian following a battle between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals.
Mumbai Indians eventually won Green’s services with a massive bid of INR 17.50 crore, which is approximately $A3.15 million.
The all-rounder’s reserve price was just $A360,000.
Moments earlier, the record for the biggest-ever sale at an IPL Auction was broken with Punjab Kings buying England all-rounder Sam Curran for 18.50 crore (approx. $A3,338,000).
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Meanwhile, the Australian contingent started the day at 21 strong, but has since dropped by one after Ben McDermott opted to pull out.
The Hobart Hurricanes opener had nominated at a reserve price of INR 50 lakh (approx. $A90,000) but he withdrew in the hours before the auction. It’s unclear why McDermott made the late call.
A total of 405 players will go under the hammer, starting with capped players, which includes Cameron Green and Travis Head.
The names of eighty-six players will be read out before the start of the accelerated process, in which only the names of players that franchises have nominated will be auctioned.
The auction started in emphatic fashion with the second sale of the night, England batter Harry Brook, triggering a fierce bidding war between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals.
Sunrisers eventually won with a massive bid of $A2.39 million, making him the most expensive specialist batter ever sold at a mini auction.
Shortly after, fellow England batter Joe Root went unsold at about $A180,000.
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BIGGEST SALES LIVE
INR 18.50 crore (approx. $A3,338,000): Sam Curran — Kings XI Punjab
INR 17.50 crore (approx. $A3,150,000): Cameron Green — Mumbai Indians
INR 13.25 crore (approx. $A2,390,000): Harry Brook — Sunrisers Hyderabad
INR 8.25 crore (approx. $A1,490,000): Mayank Agarwal — Sunrisers Hyderabad
BIGGEST SNUBS LIVE
INR 2 crore (approx. $A360,000): Rilee Rossouw
INR 1.5 crore (approx. $A270,000): Shakib Al Hasan
INR 1 crore (approx. $A180,000): Joe Root
FULL LIST OF AUSTRALIANS IN THE 2023 IPL AUCTION
INR 2 crore (approx. $A360,000): Cameron Green, Travis Head, Chris Lynn
INR 1.5 crore (approx. $A270,000: Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Riley Meredith, Sean Abbott, Nathan Coulter-Nile
INR 1 crore (approx. $A180,000) : Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques
INR 75 lakh (approx. $A135,000) : Daniel Sams, Josh Philippe, D’Arcy Short
INR 50 lakh (approx. $A90,000): Ben Dwarshuis, Billy Stanlake
INR 30 lakh (approx. $A55,000): Lance Morris
INR 20 lakh (approx. $A35,000): Hayden Kerr, Jack Prestwidge, Peter Hatzoglou, Nathan McAndrew
AUSTRALIANS ALREADY RETAINED
Josh Hazlewood (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
David Warner (Delhi Capitals)
Mitch Marsh (Delhi Capitals)
Tim David (Mumbai Indians)
Jason Behrendorff (Mumbai Indians)
Matthew Wade (Gujurat Titans)
Marcus Stoinis (Lucknow Super Giants)
Nathan Ellis (Punjab Kings).
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AUSSIE GREAT’S $2M WARNING FOR GREEN
Aussie cricket legend Kerry O’Keeffe has issued a warning to Cameron Green over the toll the IPL could take on him ahead of the lucrative auction.
Green is expected to attract big-money bids when the auction commences on Friday with Indian legend Ravi Shastri predicting he could fetch more than $AU1.8 million.
While relatively inexperienced in T20 cricket, the towering all-rounder’s potential could see IPL teams engage in a bidding war for his services.
Appearing on Fox Cricket’s The Follow On Podcasty, O’Keeffe said Green could capture the attention of Indian cricket.
“I know Cameron Green’s on everybody’s lips,” he said.
“It’ll be interesting to see what they do there. He’s an unproven talent at T20, but he captivates India because he’s so tall and he bowls 140k and he can hit it.
“But really, he hasn’t got a strong pedigree in T20 cricket, so I’m very interested what they pay for him there – if he eventually goes to the auction.
O’Keeffe, however, said Australia’s packed schedule in 2023 could play a factor.
“But the thing is, it takes a lot out of you the T20 – and that’s why I think his management is key,” he said.
“It took a lot out of Josh Hazlewood, hence his injury concerns. Cameron Green has a tour of India, the IPL, an Ashes tour and then back to the domestic season.
“I think at his age maybe he’ll err on the side of caution, but he may be lured by the huge money that he’s likely to get.”
O’Keeffe then named some lesser known Aussie stars who he believes could make a splash.
“They normally target fast bowlers, so if Lance Morris, ‘The Wild Thing’, puts himself into the auction, he could attract attention,” he said.
“But that guy I saw the other night and I was very impressed with Paddy Dooley – the left-arm wrist spin bowler – who is something different.
“Mystery spinners are always in demand and I’m very interested in what Paddy Dooley might do.
“This guy has got a terrific release point, he’s got a very good wrong’un and he looks temperamentally very sound in short-form four overs.
“So I wonder what Paddy Dooley will do in terms of entering the auction? We’ll find out.”
The IPL 2023 Auction will be held in Kochi on December 23, 2022, with the auction set to commence at 8pm (AEDT). It will be broadcast on Fox Sports channel 503.