IPL snub for England players
Indian Premier League teams continued to ignore England players on the second day of their auction with 10 of them failing to attract a bid.
Alex Hales, rated the No 2 Twenty20 batsman in the world, Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright were among the England squad members available to the eight franchises.
Hales and Nottinghamshire team-mate Samit Patel could well have paid the price for striking a deal with their county that they would only go to the IPL if matching their maximum reserve price.
Ian Bell, Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter and Dimitri Mascarenhas were among the big names to go unsold.
"It's not the end of the world," Hales told Nottinghamshire's official website.
"I have a good opportunity coming up in the Caribbean with the ODI side. I hope I'll get the chance to open the batting and show what I can do over 50 overs - and there's a big World Cup coming up.
"My focus is on that at the moment, and then the start of Notts' season in April. We have a pretty strong squad in all three forms of the competition, and I hope we can challenge."
It wasn't just England players who failed to earn contracts, though, with Twenty20 stars Marlon Samuels, Brett Lee, Cameron White, David Hussey, Dan Christian and Ryan McLaren not finding a home.
That leaves just Kevin Pietersen as an England-qualified in the tournament in the wake of his decision to give up on international cricket.
The only other regular county cricket performer to earn a deal was Essex's Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who will earn around £110,000 from his contract with the Kolkata Knight Riders.
In the end, a total of 154 players were sold across the two day auction, with 50 of them overseas players.