Islamabad: Around 150 foreigners went under the hammer for the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) auction on Thursday despite a pay row, and local star Shakib Al Hasan along with Pakistani duo of Imran Nazir and Shahid Afridi emerged as the biggest gainers.
Shakib hit the jackpot as he went for 365,000 pounds, but the amount was nearly half of what Afridi was sold for when the country launched the Twenty20 tournament in February, the Daily Times reports.
The BPL is the Bangladeshi answer to the Indian Premier League (IPL), which revolutionised cricket when it burst on to the scene in 2008 with a high-octane blend of international stars, Twenty20 matches and celebrity glamour.
Pakistani opener Imran Nazir was sold for the second-highest 280,000 dollars and Afridi for 275,000 dollars, while more than a dozen foreigners went for over 100,000 dollars.
The inaugural edition was also marred by spot-fixing allegations, leading to life ban on a former Bangladeshi cricketer and arrest of a Pakistani national. The second edition starts next month.