Eoin Morgan, the Irish one-day specialist, was the only one out of eight English-based players to attract a bid in the Indian Premier League auction yesterday.
Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan and Jonathan Trott, who along with Morgan were members of the team who won the recent one-day series in South Africa, found it was not a seller's market for England players. Even the name of Swann, who was recently ranked the third best Test bowler in the world, was greeted with silence and palms firmly planted on desks.
Ricky Ponting was bought out of his Kolkata Knight Riders contract because he was unavailable for eight to 10 matches of the next IPL due to Australia's tour to New Zealand.
The big deals yesterday went to Kieron Pollard, who signed for Mumbai, and Shane Bond, who joined Calcutta. One is a Twenty20 specialist from the West Indies, the other a 34-year-old who recently retired from Test cricket.
Many felt Morgan, with his mixture of paddles and sweeps, would fetch more than the $220,000 Bangalore paid to add him to a squad containing Pietersen, while it appears Mark Ramprakash priced himself out of the market with a reserve value of $200,000.