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New Zealand players form a huddle during a white-ball game.

Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doll had no inkling that only the Kiwis were ever topped, many “second-rate” Australian players were spotted during the IPL auction.

Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Dole on Monday lashed out at the Australian players who secured a bumper IPL contract at the IPL 2021 auction in Chennai last week. The cricketer-to-commentator responded to Ravichandran Ashwin’s tweet, saying that New Zealand players have been “consistently ignoring other Australian players” for years. Dole also expressed concern in his tweet about the fact that the Big Bash League is the only competition other than the IPL that franchises see before their selection in the auction.

“Can’t believe it matters @ ashwinravi99 NZ players have been ignored for the second rate in the IPL for years in a row.

Dol’s reply came in response to R Ashwin’s tweet where he praised Devon Conway’s blatant knock against Australia and joked that he was “just 4 days late” as his knock came four days after the IPL 2021 auction was.

New Zealand batsman Devon Conway scored an unbeaten 99 from just 59 balls to help his team register a comprehensive win over Australia in the first T20I in Christchurch.

Conway, who had put his base price for the auction at Rs 50 lakh, went unsold as none of the franchises showed any interest in it, even though he was in good form for the national team.

However, his countrymen Kyle Jamieson (Rs 15 crore) and Adam Milne (Rs 3.2 crore) got handsome IPL contracts at the auction as they were picked by RCB and Mumbai Indians respectively.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) broke their bank to take on the services of New Zealand fast bowler Jamieson, making him the second most expensive player in this auction, while five-time champions Mumbai Indians added Milne to their roster.

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