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IPL five to watch - Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen in action for England

Country: England

Reserve price: $1.35m (890,000)

Every switch hit Kevin Pietersen smashes in India is likely to send his commercial value soaring further into the stratosphere.

The former England captain commands the highest reserve price in the auction.

His superstar profile is likely to attract the flamboyant Vijay Mallaya, owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who is keen to promote his United Breweries Group in England.

Mallya wants him because his team "needs a maverick and a star in the dressing room".

But don't dismiss IPL champions Rajasthan Royals, captained by Pietersen's buddy Shane Warne, as a possible destination.

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