“Second-tier Australians” noticed at IPL auction ahead of New Zealand players, says Simon Doull

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Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull took to the test on Monday with the Australian players who won bumper IPL contracts at the IPL 2021 auction held in Chennai last week. The cricketer-turned commentator, who responded to a Ravichandran Ashwin tweet, said New Zealand players have been “constantly being overlooked by second-class Australians” for years. Doull also expressed concern in his tweet that Big Bash League is the only competition franchises look into before making their selection at auction, besides IPL.

I’m not sure if it matters @ ashwinravi99 NZ players have been constantly being overlooked for years for second-tier Australians in the IPL. It seems outside of the IPL big bash is the only comp that has been looked at .. #player #NZcricket, ”Doull wrote in response to Ashwin’s tweet.

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Doull’s reply came in response to R Ashwin’s tweet praising Devon Conway’s sweltering blow against Australia and joking that he was “only 4 days late” as his knock took place four days after the IPL 2021 auction.

New Zealand batsman Devon Conway failed to shoot 99 from just 59 balls, which helped his side record a comprehensive win over Australia in the first T20I in Christchurch.

Conway, who had kept his base price at Rs 50 lakh for auction, remained unsold as none of the franchises showed any interest in him despite being in good shape for his national side.

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However, his countrymen Kyle Jamieson (Rs 15 crore) and Adam Milne (Rs 3.2 crore) got handsome IPL contracts up for auction, as they were picked up by RCB and Mumbai Indians respectively.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) broke their bank to acquire the services of tall New Zealand fast bowler Jamieson, making him the second most expensive player in this auction, while five-time champion Mumbai Indians added Milne to their roster.

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