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Cricketers go under the hammer

Auctions are used to distribute players in cricket leagues from the West Indies to Pakistan to Hong Kong

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Auctioning players is a relatively new concept in the tradition-bound sport. Introduced almost a decade ago by the Indian Premier League (IPL), a Twenty20 cricket league, auctions are now used as a player-distribution mechanism in leagues from the West Indies to Pakistan to Hong Kong.

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CHRISTIE'S, like any of the world's great auction houses, is renowned for the pace, the tension and the sense of excitement that occur when a bidding war acquires a life of its own.

Yet for Richard Madley, former president of Christie's East in New York, the high drama of

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