Swann the costliest overseas player at IPL auction

Graeme Swann will have the highest reserve price of any overseas player at next month’s Indian Premier League auction.

Competing franchises have been told they will need to bid in excess of $400,000 to secure the services of the England spinner.

And the high asking price, which is $100,000 more than team-mate James Anderson, comes as no surprise to Swann’s county coach Mick Newell.

He said: “Graeme’s form for England and Notts has been terrific for some time now, and if a team is looking for a spinner who can also score runs quickly then he stands a very good chance of getting picked.

“We’ve always used him as an opening batsman in Twenty20 because he doesn’t waste any balls, and if he’s going to make a score then he’ll do it very quickly. But he could slot in further down if he found himself in a team with a world class top order.”

Swann’s innings of 34 and 39 and match figures of 4 for 107 were one of the few highlights in England’s 10-wicket defeat to Pakistan in the opening Test in Dubai.

But his performance wasn’t enough to stop him being overtaken in the ICC rankings by Saeed Ajmal, who is now the world’s number one spinner.

England players Matt Prior, Chris Tremlett and Luke Wright have reserve prices of $200,000 in the auction, which is due to take place on February 4.

Swann’s Trent Bridge colleague and fellow spinner Samit Patel recently declined the opportunity to join them in a bid to increase his chances of winning a call-up to England’s Test side.

About Robin Hutchison

Robin Hutchison is a Midlands-based sports Journalist and PR consultant. He is a regular contributor to The Cricketer magazine and currently pens their monthly betting column. He also contributes articles to a number of national newspapers including The Sun, Daily Star, Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express and is the author of The Tinman: The Ted McMinn Story.
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