IPL owners jostle to pick U-19 World Cup stars

March 11th, 2008 - 8:45 pm ICT by admin  


Mumbai, March 11 (IANS) India’s World Cup winning Under-19 team stole the limelight during the second auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Tuesday as the cash-stacked franchise owners jostled to buy them. Bangalore signed captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Srivatsa Goswami, while Delhi Daredevils snapped up local boy and left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan.

Opener Taruwar Kohli and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja went to Jaipur, while Kolkata took Siddarth Kaul and Iqbal Abdulla.

Mohali got Tanmay Srivastava and Ajitesh Argal. Mumbai Indians went for Saurabh Tiwary and Manish Pandey while Chennai Super Kings bought Napoleon Einstein and Abhinav Mukund, the two Tamil Nadu players from the U-19 World Cup squad. They also took Vidharba’s Viraj Kadbe.

Perry Goyal and Duvvarapu Shivkumar were the only two from the World Cup squad who were left out.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has fixed an IPL fee of $30,000 for the Under-19 players.

Earlier, the IPL organisers had prevented franchise owners from reaching out to junior players when they were playing in the World Cup in Malaysia so that it did not affect their focus.

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