‘It’s probably now more of an actual Indian Premier League’, says Brendon McCullum

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“Their strategies have changed somewhat”

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has announced that the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises do not appear as desperate to buy all the international stars that appear in the auction as they used to be.

Despite high-profile players like Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and England’s Alex Hales going unsold, McCullum believes the franchises are doing the right thing by investing their money and time in local players.

“It was a tough auction, their strategies have changed somewhat,” McCullum said. “It’s probably now more of an actual Indian Premier League, which is what it was supposed to be, rather than spending frivolous cash on guys who are going to sit on the bench for most of these teams.”

McCullum also admitted that he was not surprised about his team-mate, Corey Anderson, fetching a price of $750,000 at the IPL auction.

Anderson was bought by the Mumbai Indians.

“Corey’s obviously a commodity that everyone wanted,” McCullum said. “He’s an exciting talent for us and I’m sure the education he’s going to get, playing in the IPL will certainly increase his cricket awareness and knowledge in a short time.”

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