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Domestic players selling like hot cakes

cricket Updated: Jan 12, 2011 00:32 IST
Amol Karhadkar
Amol Karhadkar
Hindustan Times
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The player auctions are done with. Now is the time for buying domestic cricketers before the fourth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).On Tuesday, there was a buzz around the Motibagh ground, which is hosting the Ranji Trophy final, about who are the players targeted by IPL teams.

While the representatives of the Kochi, Mohali and Jaipur franchises were expected to be here on a talent-tapping trip, it was learnt that they have postponed their visit to Wednesday.

On the radar of the franchises are Baroda's Pinal Shah, Murtuja Vahora, Bhargav Bhatt, Swapnil Singh and Kedar Devdhar.

While Rajasthan skipper Hrishikesh Kanitkar was in talks with Kochi to become player-cum-assistant coach, it was learnt that the Rajasthan Royals have roped in find-of-the-season Deepak Chahar, talented rookie Ashok Menaria, veteran Aakash Chopra and young wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik.

Elsewhere, it was confirmed that Mumbai's fast bowler Kamran Khan, has signed for Sahara Pune Warriors. The decision to opt for him may have been prompted by the "last-minute ditch" by Mumbai bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, who after verbally committing to them, was on the verge of signing for his old team Mumbai Indians. Another seamer from Mumbai, Saurabh Netravalkar, may also join the Pune squad.

Royal Challengers Bangalore were trying hard to retain batsman Manish Pandey. Pandey is being chased by the Pune outfit. The Bangalore team, however, have got explosive Karnataka U-19 opener Mayank Agarwal.

Though Kolkata Knight Riders were tightlipped about their domestic signings, it was learnt that they have finalised deals with Bengal allrounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Delhi’s Rajat Bhatia, Haryana's Manvinder Bisla and Mumbai spinner Iqbal Abdulla.