Cummins cashes in as Aussies overlooked in IPL
CRICKET: Aussie speedster Pat Cummins fell just short of joining the millionaires club in the Indian Premier League on Monday as the Big Bash's best performers missed out.
Of 30 Aussies entered in the 10th IPL auction Cummins and fellow quick Mitchell Johnson were the first two picked up, Cummins for $874,540 and Johnson for $388,684.
But their selections came after both BBL leading run scorer Ben Dunk and leading wicket taker Sean Abbott were overlooked in the opening round as teams splashed the cash elsewhere.
Englishmen were the big winners with all-rounder Ben Stokes and specialist T20 quick bowler Tymal Mills each picking up contracts worth in excess of $2 million.
Mills, who played for the Brisbane Heat in this year's BBL, was picked as a replacement for Aussie Mitch Starc, who gave up his $973,000 contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore to focus on preparing for next summer's Ashes.
The lack of contract offers from IPL franchises for the 28 Aussies who missed out further clouds many of their immediate futures with a trade embargo stopping all BBL franchises from signing players to new deals.
Discussions are continuing between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association around a new pay deal but the players union remains concerned about the lack of financial information being passed on.
The request to continue a model which gives players a share of the CA revenue is at the heart of the ACA's plans and the lack of available information is stifling progression in the talks.
"It's critical to be able to take that (information) back to the players and be able to work through what is the best scenario for them," ACA boss Alastair Nicholson said.
"That's in CA's control and that's something that the players are continuing to ask us about ... it is something that is critical going forward."
Both parties remain hopeful the deal will be finalised before the current one expires on June 30.
Only 29 overseas players could be bought by the eight IPL franchises, and with 30 Aussies entered, most were always going to miss out.
Test spinner Nathan Lyon, and retired Test keeper Brad Haddin were among those passed over, and evergreen Aussie spinner Brad Hogg was also overlooked.
The 46-year-old, who crossed to the Melbourne Renegades this season on a one-year-deal, doesn't have a BBL contract for next season.
All the overlooked players, including Aussie T20 team members Dunk, Michael Klinger, Billy Stanlake and Ashton Turner, who on Monday travelled to Adelaide for Wednesday's third game against Sri Lanka, could yet be picked up in the second round.
Teenage Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan was another big winner, snaring a $778,000 deal to play with Hyderabad.
The pay packet headed the way of English all-rounder Stokes was a massive surprise but Pune owner Sanjiv Goenka declared him the "hero" they needed.