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KP closes fat IPL deal

Mumbai – England may have jettisoned Kevin Pietersen but the maverick batsman's hard-hitting ability fetched him the highest bid among foreign players at Wednesday's Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

Pietersen, available for the entire duration of the cash-rich IPL after being shunned by England, was picked up by Delhi, the franchise he played for last year, for 90 million Indian rupees ($1.45 million) after an intense bidding war.

England discard Kevin Pietersen looks set for a lucrative IPL season. Picture: William West. Credit: AFP

The Chennai, Hyderabad and Punjab franchises bid heavily for the 33-year-old, whose base price was 20 million Indian rupees ($321,200), but Delhi bagged his services after using their right to match the highest bid.

India's Yuvraj Singh drew the highest bid of 140 million Indian rupees ($2.25 million) in the morning session of the auction and was bought by the Vijay Mallya-owned Bangalore franchise. – Reuters

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