England players were largely left alone during the IPL players auction here during Saturday and Sunday though there were a few exceptions like Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Owais Shah and Dmitri Mascarenhas, who found buyers.

However for key players like James Anderson and Graeme Swann besides earlier stars like Ravi Bopara, rejection proved to be the order of the day.

The IPL chairman Chirayu Amin kept repeating that there was no issue and he said: “The England and Wales Cricket Board did send the ‘No-Objection-Certificate' and as for players not being picked, it is upto the team owners.”

Reflecting the sentiments of the owners, Vijay Mallya of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said: “As an owner I had other attractive propositions and owners decided on the basis of player-availability but to be honest I thought that the England players were over-priced. If they had come at reduced base prices then there might have been buyers.”

Though Ness Wadia, co-owner of King's XI Punjab, also echoed a similar view it is believed that the last-minute NOC issued by the ECB, did leave a few doubts with the owners. — Special Correspondent

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