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Sun Risers eye Ricky

Chennai: Australia captain Michael Clarke and former skipper Ricky Ponting are likely to attract most attention when the nine franchises sit for the players’ auction of the Indian Premier League VI here Sunday.

While 101 players will go under the hammer during the auction, which will be only for the next edition, Clarke and Ponting, who are in the highest base price bracket of $400,000 will be the sought after players.

An official, who has closely been associated with the auctions, felt that Hyderabad Sun Risers might look at Ponting as a potential mentor-cum-captain. “Since this is a one-season deal, there is no harm in getting Ponting, who is a thorough professional. Since Kumar Sangakkara hasn’t done too well as captain and Cameron White is not an automatic choice either, Ponting can be their Go-To man,” he said.

Ponting, who played four matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first edition of the IPL can be an interesting pick considering his performance for Hobart Hurricanes in the recently concluded Big Bash League. He has couple of 60-plus scores to show for his effort against Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunders.

According to sources, Mumbai Indians are likely to loosen their purse strings for the current Aussie captain, who played six matches for the Sahara Pune Warriors during the last edition.

Clarke could also be a good choice for the Pune Warriors in case their marquee player Yuvraj Singh decides to only concentrate on his batting.