Morgan wins Challengers IPL spot

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Eoin Morgan & Mark Boucher

Eoin Morgan has caught the eye of IPL franchises with a number of daring innings for England in limited-overs cricket

England’s Eoin Morgan was today bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the auction for the 2010 Indian Premier League.

The Dublin-born batsman, 23, was the last player to go in Pool B and was snapped up by the Bangalore franchise for US $220,000 (£134,000) after they beat an initial offer of $210,000 (£128,000) from the Chennai Super Kings.

Morgan will team up with fellow England international Kevin Pietersen at the Challengers.

Morgan was yesterday named in England’s one-day squad for the tour to the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh in late February and early March.

That does not clash with the IPL tournament proper, which runs from March 12 to April 25.

The other English players on offer - Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, Rob Key, Monty Panesar, Jonathan Trott, Mark Ramprakash and Anthony McGrath - went unsold.

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard and New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond saw their services go to a silent tie-breaker after at least two franchises offered the maximum amount.

Chennai, Mumbai Indians, Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders all matched the $750,000 (£458,000) price for Pollard after a frantic bidding period.

The four teams were then given an extra five minutes to decide how much extra they wanted to commit with the Mumbai Indians coming out on top after submitting the highest undisclosed offer.

The same scenario panned out with Bond as bidders again took the price to the $750,000-threshold - although this time from a lower base of $100,000 (£61,000). The 34-year-old was eventually snapped up by Kolkata.

Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi, drawn in pool one, went unsold along with the other 10 players listed in the auction from his country.

Australia’s top players, such as Brad Haddin and Doug Bollinger, along with other familiar names, like Daren Ganga and Shakib Al Hasan, also went unsold.

List of players sold at auction

Kieron Pollard (West Indies, Mumbai Indians, $750,000)
Shane Bond (New Zealand, Kolkata Knight Riders, $750,000)
Kemar Roach (West Indies, Deccan Chargers, $720,000)
Wayne Parnell (South Africa, Delhi Daredevils, $610,000)
Mohammad Kaif (India, Kings XI Punjab, $250,000)
Eoin Morgan (England, Royal Challengers Bangalore, $220,000)
Damien Martyn (Australia, Rajasthan Royals, $100,000)
Justin Kemp (South Africa, Chennai Super Kings, $100,000)
Thissara Perera (Sri Lanka, Chennai Super Kings, $50,000)
Adam Voges (Australia, Rajasthan Royals, $50,000)
Yusuf Abdulla (South Africa, Kings XI Punjab, $50,000)

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