The explosive Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard and New Zealand paceman Shane Bond emerged as the most expensive players, being sold for a whopping $750,000 (app Rs 3.42 crore) at the auction for the third edition of the Indian Premier League here today.
It was a four-way tie among Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders to grab Pollard and eventually Mumbai won the player through a silent tie-breaker bid in the high profile auction which saw no Pakistani player being sold out.
The price of the silent bid was not disclosed by the organisers with IPL chairman Lalit Modi saying that the information will be confined to the bidders and them.
Like Pollard, a keen tussle was witnessed to grab Kiwi paceman Bond with Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers making the highest bid.
After a tie-breaker, the Kolkata grabbed the paceman.
West Indies paceman Kemar Roach was the second costliest player sold to Deccan Chargers for $720,000.
Delhi Daredevils bought South African all rounder Wayne Parnell for USD 610,000 against a base price of $200,000.