Reports : Yusuf Pathan to be available for Rs 75 lakh in IPL auction after completing ban

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Reports : Yusuf Pathan to be available for Rs 75 lakh in IPL auction after completing ban

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SportsCafe Desk

01/11/2018

Yusuf Pathan is ready to join the IPL auction and will reportedly have his base price at for Rs 75 lakh after his suspension phase. The capped players get to set their base price in IPL. While Irfan Pathan chose his to be at 50 lakhs, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh have set theirs at Rs 2 crore.

BCCI, on Tuesday, announced their decision to impose a four-month ban on Yusuf after they found Terbutaline in his sample, a substance present in WADA’s prohibited list. The all-rounder had, however, managed to convince the panel that he had taken it accidentally while treating his Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI). The BCCI released a statement that the 35-year old had "inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups". 

However, after Pathan promptly admitted the ADRV when confronted by BCCI, the board concluded that the delays in the results management, in this case, would not be “attributable to Mr. Pathan.” And consequently, decided to backdate it from August 15, 2017, which will end his ban on January 14, 2018, 

This means that the hard hitter will be well available for the IPL auction that is scheduled to take place on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore. After playing with Rajasthan Royals from 2008 to 2010, Pathan joined Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011. The all-rounder is considered as one of the successful players of the league, who has played 149 games scoring 2904 runs including one century and 13 half-centuries. He has also won the title three times.  

Yusuf has reportedly set his base price at Rs 75 lakh and his younger brother Irfan, who went unsold in the last auction, set his base price only Rs 50 lakh. 

"Yusuf has been amongst the most successful middle-order batsmen in the IPL, while Irfan has been one of the most prolific allrounders in the league. The franchises are likely to gun for them," said a source as quoted by TOI. 

In the league, capped players have been given the advantage to select their base price in the mega-auction at Rs 50 lakhs, Rs 1cr, Rs 1.50 cr, and Rs 2 crore.  It is also learned that experienced players like Gambhir, who was not retained by the Kolkata based franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, and Harbhajan, who wasn’t retained by Mumbai Indians either, have set their base price at Rs 2 crore. 

India’s one of the most popular face in the current crop Yuzvendra Chahal, Yuvraj Singh, West Indian Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, and New Zealand’s great Brendon McCullum are all likely to feature in the top bracket.  Harbhajan, who played the skipper’s role for Mumbai Indians, played 136 games for the Mumbai franchise in which he claimed 127 wickets and became the third-highest wicket-taker in the league history.

"He played for MI for 10 years, which explains his immense value. He was their first captain to get them a title. He's captaincy material, has gone for 6.95 runs per over, vastly experienced. He's amongst the top wicket-takers in the IPL, and is a useful batsman down the order. This is the first time that he'll be available in the auction. Having him in the side, one gets not just match-winning ability, but someone who takes the team along with him. He can mentor and develop the youngsters in the team,” the unnamed source said.

"I've had a great decade-long relationship with MI. I'll look to bowl well and win games for whichever team I play for in the IPL. Let's see what happens at the auction," said Harbhajan.

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