USD 1.55 mn unbelievable amount: KP,Freddie

Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were drowned with an ‘unbelievable’ feeling at becoming joint highest paid players in the second edition of the Indian Premier League and said they could not wait to feature in the lucrative Twenty20 extravaganza.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: February 7, 2009 3:00:18 pm

England stars Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were drowned with an ‘unbelievable’ feeling at becoming joint highest paid players in the second edition of the Indian Premier League and said they could not wait to feature in the lucrative Twenty20 extravaganza.

Now in the Caribbean for their Test series against the West Indies,the duo,who were bought for a whopping USD 1.55 million each,were taken by surprise by the huge ‘amount of money’.

Even though they will only play for three weeks in the Twenty20 tournament,giving USD 60,000 of their salary to their counties,they will still trouser around USD 7,38,748 for the jaunt.

Pietersen,who was bought by Vijay Mallya-owned Bangalore Royal Challengers,said,”I’m really excited about it. It is an unbelievable amount of money and I can’t wait to get out there.”

“It looked like an absolute blast last year and the England lads just want to be involved in what is such an amazing tournament,” the 28-year-old,whose new team-mates in Bangalore would include Rahul Dravid,Jacques Kallis and Shiv Chanderpaul,was quoted as saying in the English media.

Flintoff,bought by Chennai Super Kings,considers the IPL dollars a massive bonus and said,”It’s worked well,hasn’t it? We would not have had any problem with different prices,but I guess being the same might stop a few of the other lads taking the mick.

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