Ajinkya Rahane and Suryakumar Yadav sold for 7 lakh each in T20 Mumbai League

Vastavam web: India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and his Mumbai teammate Suryakumar Yadav went under the hammer for Rs 7 lakh each as they were picked in the auction today by Mumbai North and Mumbai North East teams as their icon players respectively for the upcoming T20 Mumbai League.The players’ auction for the league, to be held at the Wankhede Stadium from March 11 to 21, also saw stand-in India limited over skipper Rohit Sharma being bought by Mumbai North West for Rs 6 lakh as their icon player.He is unlikely to play in the event as it clashes with the tri-series in Lanka scheduled from March 6-18.

Another India player Shreyas Iyer was bagged by Mumbai North Central for Rs 5 lakh as their icon player. Iyer, like Rahane, is not part of the India T20 team to Lanka.Prithvi Shaw, who led India colts to the U-19 World Cup triumph for a record fourth time last month, was snapped up by Mumbai North for Rs 2.80 lakh, while former India pacer Dhawal Kulkarni was reeled in by Mumbai North East for Rs 1.50 lakh.Each team had to pick an icon player and five players who had featured in the First Class cricket compulsorily from the available pool of cricketers.Former India batsman Vinod Kambli will be the mentor of Mumbai South Central, while former India opener Lalchand Rajput will don that role for the Mumbai North East squad.

Ex-chief selector and one-time swashbuckling India batsman Sandeep Patil will team up with his 1983 World Cup-winning team member Balwinder Singh Sandhu on the support staff of Mumbai North as the team s mentor and coach, respectively.The T20 league is being organised by Probability Sports India Pvt Ltd under the aegis of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).