Sports desk. The players are auctioned on 18 February for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). New Zealand batsman Devon Conway was unsold with a base price of 50 lakhs, having recently hit a not-out 99 in the first match of the five-match T20 International against Australia. Regarding Conway being unsold, former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Dool has said that his country’s cricketers have always been ignored in front of Australia’s second-tier players in the IPL. South Africa-born Conway’s 59-run knock of 59 balls helped New Zealand win a 53-run win against Australia in the first T20 International in Christchurch on Monday, but Dool believes that New Zealand’s cricketers also perform well doesen’t matter.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wrote in praise of Conway, “Devon Conway was delayed only four days, but what a great innings.” To this Dool tweeted, ‘Can’t say for sure that it matters. For years in the IPL, New Zealand players have been ignored in front of second-class Australian players. It seems that only the Big Bash tournament outside the IPL is such, whose performance is considered. Conway’s base price was Rs 50 lakh, but none of the teams showed interest in him while he was performing brilliantly in his national team and other T20 tournaments.
Dool said in another tweet, ‘Come to this point. I did not mention anyone’s name so stop trolling. Since the start of the IPL, 94 Australian players have been selected for Rs 886 crore while 31 players from New Zealand have been selected and Rs 212 crore has been spent on them. He said, ‘Both countries have six first class teams and both have domestic T20 tournaments. It is about the time of BBL (Big Bash) and watching it. ‘ Conway may have got a team in the IPL but Kyle Jamieson of his country was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 15 crore and Adam Milne was bought by Mumbai Indians for a hefty sum of Rs 3.2 crore.