Clarke heads up Midlands contingent hoping for IPL call

Warwickshire all-rounders Rikki Clarke and Steffan Piolet and former Northamptonshire batsman Mal Loye are among the 183 players in this year’s Indian Premier League auction.

Former England Test players Clarke has is the most expensive of the trio with a reserve price of US$200,000.

Loye, the former England one-day international who was released by Northamptonshire at the end of last season, will go under the hammer with a reserve price of US$50,000 and Piolet, the least experienced of the trio, has a reserve of US$20,000.

Northamptonshire’s Ireland wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien is also in the auction, which will be held in Bangalore on February 4, with a reserve price of US$50,000.

Worcestershire all-rounder Gareth Andrew is also on the list of players that has been circulated to the IPL franchises but he is unlikely to be fit to play in the tournament which takes place between April 4 and May 27.

Andrew had microfracture surgery on a knee injury before Christmas and he is not expected to be fit to play before the end of May.

There are 15 English players on the auction list, including Kent’s former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood who is now a British citizen.

The majority are likely to be unsold judging by the experiences of English players at the January 19 auction for the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League when the majority of the 20 who put themselves up for sale – including Monty Panesar and Sajid Mahmood – failed to attract a buyer.

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