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IPL auction: Devon Conway earns first contract, with Chennai Super Kings

Devon Conway will play his first IPL in April after a breakout year for New Zealand.

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Devon Conway will play his first IPL in April after a breakout year for New Zealand.

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming’s Chennai Super Kings handed Devon Conway his first Indian Premier League contract and swooped on two of his team-mates on Sunday.

The Black Caps’ breakout star of the past year across all three formats, Conway was sold to the first bid by coach Fleming’s side for his reserve price of NZ$200,000, on day two of the mega auction in Bangalore.

And there was more good news for Black Caps hopefuls, with fast bowler Adam Milne and spin bowling allrounder Mitchell Santner sold for a healthy $380,000 apiece to the IPL powerhouses.

Mitchell Santner was a standout for Northern Brave in their T20 final win over Canterbury Kings last month.

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Mitchell Santner was a standout for Northern Brave in their T20 final win over Canterbury Kings last month.

The Black Caps up on Sunday couldn’t quite match the big prices of their fast bowling team-mates from Saturday night, as Lockie Ferguson fetched $2 million to new team Gujarat Titans and Trent Boult went for $1.6 million to Rajasthan Royals.

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With his T20 international record of 20 matches, batting average 50 and strike rate 139, plus wicketkeeping ability, Conway was expected to be sought after but only attracted one bid.

Fleming was not present at the auction but his colleagues were clearly keen to bolster their lineup with some Black Caps after they spent $2.8 million on Indian seamer Deepak Chahar on Saturday.

Santner was a regular with Chennai in recent seasons but featured little in the XI behind Indian left-armer allrounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Santner’s power hitting exploits in the Twenty20 Super Smash final for champions Northern Brave would have got him noticed, and there was a short bidding war before Chennai got their man.

So too Milne, who played alongside Boult for Mumbai Indians and proved himself a high quality T20 bowler, was sought after before the Super Kings secured him.

Firebirds and Black Caps power hitter Finn Allen earned another IPL deal.

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Firebirds and Black Caps power hitter Finn Allen earned another IPL deal.

Conway’s Wellington Firebirds team-mate Finn Allen also got a second successive deal with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

With RCB’s director of cricket Mike Hesson at the table, they snapped up the explosive opener Allen for $160,000, after he set his reserve at $100,000.

Up to 24 New Zealand cricketers put their names forward, and made the final auction list of 590. Jimmy Neesham, Ish Sodhi and Glenn Phillips were among those who failed to attract a bid in the first round, and had slim hopes of getting a second chance deal later.

Each of the 10 teams have a budget of 90 crore rupees (NZ$18 million), and can pick squads of up to 25 with a maximum of eight overseas players.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson was among 27 cricketers retained before the auction, for $2.8 million to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

England power hitter and legspinner Liam Livingstone was the most sought-after of day two, sold to Punjab Kings for $2.29 million.

It was the fourth-highest price of the auction to date, with Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan (to Mumbai Indians) setting the pace with an eye-watering price tag of $3.04 million.

Black Caps at the Indian Premier League auction:

SOLD

Trent Boult: $1.6 million to Rajasthan Royals

Lockie Ferguson: $2 million to Gujarat Titans

Finn Allen: $160,000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore

Devon Conway: $200,000 to Chennai Super Kings

Mitchell Santner: $380,000 to Chennai Super Kings

Adam Milne: $380,000 to Chennai Super Kings

RETAINED

Kane Williamson: $2.8 million by Sunrisers Hyderabad

TOP 2022 AUCTION PRICES

Ishan Kishan (India): $3.04 million to Mumbai Indians

Deepak Chahar (India): $2.8 million to Chennai Super Kings

Shreyas Iyer (India): $2.44 million to Kolkata Knight Riders

Liam Livingstone (England): $2.29 million to Punjab Kings

Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka): $2.14 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore

Nicholas Pooran (West Indies): $2.14 million to Sunrisers Hyderabad

Harshal Patel (India): $2.14 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore

Shardul Thakur (India): $2.14 million to Delhi Capitals

Ferguson (NZ): $2 million to Gujarat Titans

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