In his just-released book, ‘The Future of Cricket: The Rise of Twenty20’, John Buchanan has hinted that barring Team Jaipur and Kings XI Punjab, all the other six IPL teams did not know about the second player auction in 2008.
Buchanan says in the book: “We (Knight Riders) spent all but $107,000 of our funds in the first auction. I noted with curiosity after the initial auction that Jaipur fined for keeping $2 million of their salary cap up their sleeve. I wondered why they had not spent more. Also Kings, the team Tom Moody was to coach, had failed to spend $500,000 of their salary cap money. Why?”
Buchanan goes on to say that Moody told him later: “Well, you never know, you might want to purchase someone at some other point.” In reply, Buchanan claims: “I was intrigued by that comment. I thought to myself: What other point? This was the only time to purchase players, wasn’t it?
“Subsequently, days later, there was a second auction that I, my team and most other franchises knew nothing about. A majority of franchises, apart from Jaipur and Punjab, had reached salary cap limits. James Hopes (bought by Punjab) and Shane Watson came on line for the surprise second auction that few knew anything about.”