Former New Zealand pacer and commentator Simon Doull on Monday said that Kiwis are overlooked for second-rate Australian players in IPL for years.
Doull, replying to a tweet by Ravichandran Ashwin, said that Big Bash League is the only competition besides IPL that franchises look at before making their picks at IPL.
"Not sure it matters @ashwinravi99 NZ players have continually been overlooked for second rate Australians in the IPL for years. Seems outside of IPL big bash is the only comp looked at.. #player #NZcricket," tweeted Doull.
Doull was replying to a tweet by Ashwin, where he had praised Devon Conway’s blistering knock of 99 runs not out off just 59 balls against Australia and joked that it came just 4 days late. He was referring to the IPL 2021 auction which took place on February 18.
The 29-year-old went unsold in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction last week even though he had set the base price at INR 50 lakhs and Ashwin was quick to point out the funny side after the batsman played a quality knock.
In the IPL auction held last Thursday, the likes of Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, Glenn Maxwell all fetched hefty bids. New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson was also bought by RCB for a whopping Rs 15 crore.
Conway played a stunning knock before Ish Sodhi spun a web over Australia to help New Zealand register an emphatic win in the first T20I on Monday. New Zealand thrashed Australia by 53 runs in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match T20I series.