Shoaib Akhtar, Akmal sign up for IPL
Controversial Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Saturday signed up for the Cricket Board-promoted multi-million dollar Indian Premier League, along with wicketkeeping compatriot Kamran Akmal.
The signing up of Akhtar, reportedly at loggerheads with the Pakistan Cricket Board, and Akmal - along with Zimbabwe's Tatenda Taibu and Sri Lankans Chamara Silva and Tilekaratne Dilshan - boosted the number of top players from all over the world who have been roped in to 85.
"Akhtar signed up for IPL today along with Kamran Akmal and Tatenda Taibu. But the list of such players can keep increasing till the open players' auction is held in Mumbai on February 20. But no player can directly be signed up by any of the franchises," said IPL chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi on Saturday.
Modi also said the minimum bidding amount for a pool of contracted players in each franchise team has been fixed at USD three million and the maximum cap at USD five million.
"There should be four local players, based on the catchment pool areas we have divided today, also including any of the four iconic players already announced, and four under-22 players (from anywhere in the country) in each franchise team," the BCCI vice president told a press conference.
"There has been a demand from the Delhi and Hyderabad franchises to include Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman respectively to the iconic players list, and the matter will be decided on later before the auction in consultation with all franchise owners," Modi said.
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