Shahid Afridi fetches highest Bangladesh Premier League price

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi has become the most expensive player in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League auction.

Dhaka Gladiators bid US $700,000 for the leg-spinning all-rounder, who was the target of all six teams competing in the new competition.

Afridi, however, will only be available for the final two days of the opening BPL campaign as he will be on national team duty against England in the United Arab Emirates.

Hard hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was sold to Barisal Burners for $551,100 and Marlon Samuels to Duronto Rajshahi for $360,000.

West Indian Kieron Pollard was sold to Dhaka Gladiators for $300,000 and Bangladeshi allrounder Nasir Hossain for $200,000 to Khulna.

Ex-Pakistani captain Shoaib Malik and West Indies batsman Dwayne Bravo each landed $150,000.

Other notable names include Muttiah Muralitharan ($100,000 to Chittagong Kings), Brad Hodge ($140,000 to Barisal Burners) and Sanath Jayasuria ($110,000 to Khulna Royal Bengals).

A total of 111 overseas players and 80 local cricketers were put on auction with teams given a maximum budget of $2million and able to buy no more than eight overseas players.

Bangladesh internationals Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Ashraful, Shahriar Nafees and Alok Kapali had been selected as icon players for six franchises and were excluded from auction.

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