Owais Shah, Jean-Paul Duminy in great demand

On the transfer front, after Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, South Aftrica’s Jean-Paul Duminy and England’s middle-order batsman Owais Shah are the two cricketers who will be in great demand when the IPL’s second auction takes place on February 6.

“Almost every franchisee is aiming to buy Duminy and Shah at the auction. We are in the process of listing the names of the cricketers who will be auctioned next month,” an IPL official said.

Duminy, who has impressed all with his batting in the ongoing series against Australia, is expected to join his IPL team nine days after the tournament begins. Shah will be available for at least a month while his English colleagues have been cleared to play in IPL for three weeks. “Shah will be available for an extra week because he is not part of the England Test team, which is scheduled to play the series against West Indies from May 6,” a source said.

But the biggest catch in the second auction this year will be Flintoff and Pietersen. Sources said that after Team Chennai showed their interest in the English allrounder, now Mumbai Indians are getting ready to quote big bucks for him.

Amongst the franchisees, Mumbai Indians are the only team in the IPL who can manage the maximum purchase. “If the Pakistan players don’t turn up for the T20 league in India, Kolkata and Jaipur will have vacancy for three and two players respectively. Even Mumbai are keen on buying at least four foreigners in the auction,” a source said.

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