Holder for IPL

bajan fast bowler bought by chennai super kings for $20 000

New boy on the block Jason Holder has landed himself an Indian Premier League contract.

The six-foot, six inch Barbadian medium-fast bowler, currently in Australia with the West Indies team, has been bought by the Chennai Super Kings at the base price of US$20 000.†

The talented cricketer, whose star continues to rise, has not found favour with Barbados’ selectors despite his public sentiments that he would prefer to represent his country. Holder has been playing for the Combined Campuses and Colleges in regional cricket and has also benefited from stints at the Sagicor High Performance Centre.†

Also getting contracts for this year’s IPL are West Indies captain Darren Sammy, Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul, Barbados’ Fidel Edwards and Guyanese allrounder Christopher Barnwell who had a productive Caribbean Twenty20 Tournament.†

Sammy has been bought by new franchise Hyderabad Sunrisers for $425 000; Rampaul will be going to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $290 000; and Edwards will be going to the Rajasthan Royals for $210 000. He previously played in the IPL for the now disbanded Deccan Chargers franchise. Barnwell will also be heading to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $50 000.†

Other West Indians who sought contracts at the auction but were unsuccessful included former West Indies batsman Ricardo Powell, Sulieman Benn, Denesh Ramdin, Veerasammy Permaul, Devendra Bishoo and Darren Bravo.†Australian Glen Maxwell fetched the highest price at the auction, going to the Mumbai Indians for $1 million.†

West Indians already involved in the IPL are Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings), Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Dwayne Smith (Mumbai Indians), Kevon Cooper (Rajasthan Royals) and Andre Russell (Delhi Daredevils).†††

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