Hetmyer, Cottrell land million-dollar IPL contracts

West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer bats during the third and last Twenty20 international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
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West Indies hard-hitting batsman Shimron Hetmyer and fast bowler Sheldon Cottrel has been awarded million-dollar deals for next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

However there was disappointment for 2016 World Cup hero Carlos Braithwaite who went unsold at last week’s auction in Kolkata, India.

Guyanese Hetmyer was picked up by Delhi Capitals for US$1.1 million, while Jamaican Cottrell, West Indies best white-ball bowler this year, was sold to Kings X1 Punjab for US$1.2 million.

Both players were members of the West Indies side in the three-match series against host India recently.

Braithwaite, however, was by-passed by the eight franchises after entering the auction at a base price of US$70,000. Braithwaite, an all-rounder has struggled in all four previous seasons of the IPL.

He was recently axed from both the West Indies limited overs, was one of several West Indies stars, opener Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Kesrick Williams, Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh Jr and Test captain Jason Holder were also missing out on deals.

All-rounder Kemo Paul will line up with fellow West Indies teammates Hetmyer and Cottrell for Delhi Capitals.

Left-arm Fabian Allen and fast bowler Oshane Thomas were the other West Indies players managing to land deals for the upcoming IPL season which bowls off next April.

Allen went for Sunrisers Hyderabad for the base price of US$70,000 while Thomas was picked up by Royals for an identical price.

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