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Younis disappointed at bid price at IPL auction

The Jaipur franchise signed on Younis for a bid price of USD 225,000, which is far less than the USD 675,000 obtained by Shahid Afridi, USD 650,000 by Mohammad Asif and USD 500,000 by Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik.

cricket Updated: Feb 23, 2008 18:56 IST

After Australian captain Ricky Ponting, Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is another player to express disappointment at not fetching a bigger bid price in the Indian Premier League players' auction.

Younis, who is captaining the North-West Frontier Province in the ongoing Pentangular tournament, told reporters he was surprised at the low price tag he attracted from the city teams taking part in the IPL Twenty20 event.

The Jaipur franchise signed on Younis for a bid price of USD 225,000, which is far less than the USD 675,000 obtained by Shahid Afridi, USD 650,000 by Mohammad Asif and USD 500,000 by Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik.

"It is a bit worrying because I was expecting a more attractive price tag," Younis said.

"It is less than my expectations and it is a little bit of worry for me but I am confident that it (money) will improve next time with better performance," he said.

Ponting, who was signed on by the Kolkata team for USD 400,000, has also expressed disappointment at the price he fetched at the auction.

However, Younis said he remained a strong believer that performance would eventually help in achieving the targets he has set.

"I know one thing that if I perform better, I will be given a better offer and I am committed to achieving that goal in the IPL," he stated.

The Pakistan Cricket Board Younis hopes that India will tour the country for a short one-day series with Australia likely to come only for a curtailed visit.

Younis felt the series against the arch rivals will prepare Pakistan to take on the world champions.