By Staff Writers | February 13, 2014
No bids for Mahela Jayawardene on day two. © AFP
After the opening day of the two-day Indian Premier League (IPL) auction saw franchises showing little interest in players from Sri Lanka, the second day too yielded no takers for the islanders.
Three Sri Lankans who went unsold on Wednesday were included in the auction on day two on the request of franchises. Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews and Farveez Maharoof made a second appearance in the auction but attracted no bids.
Only Thisara Perera and Muttiah Muralitharan were purchased from more than 20 Sri Lankans in this year’s auction. Perera was bought by Kings XI Punjab and Muralitharan went to Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Lasith Malinga was retained by Mumbai Indians.
Kumar Sangakkara chose not to take part in this year’s auction as a result of limited availability.
Sri Lanka are scheduled to tour England and Ireland during the IPL, and national players will be unavailable for much of the IPL as a result.
The following players from Sri Lanka took part in the auction but were unable to attract any bids: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera, Ajantha Mendis, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Upul Tharanga, Farveez Maharoof, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayaka, Akila Dananjaya, Suraj Randiv, Prasanna Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan Munaweera, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal, Kaushal Silva, Jehan Mubarak, Angelo Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Isuru Udana.
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