Brendon McCullum has shrugged off going unsigned in the IPL auction, saying he needs to transition away from playing after being lucky to ply his trade in the most lucrative cricket competition in the world for over a decade.
None of the eight teams showed any interest in the 37-year-old former New Zealand captain in the auction on Tuesday night, with McCullum conceding his reserve price of $400,000 may have been a little high.
"That's the way things go sometimes. I've been very lucky, I've had 11 seasons in the IPL and at some stage you need to transition away from the playing stuff,” he told Radio Sport.
"All good things must come to an end, and I was very delighted to see some of the Kiwi boys got picked up.
"I'm certainly not too worried about it; it's the way the game goes sometimes. I certainly wish the other boys all the best and you never know, you just never know what might unfold in the future."
Black Caps Lockie Ferguson and Martin Guptill were picked up in the action, going to Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad for $330,000 and $200,000 respectively.
McCullum is still playing for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash where he was dismissed for four in the opening game of the tournament against Adelaide on Wednesday night.
Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee (Bangalore), Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne (Mumbai), Trent Boult, Colin Munro (Delhi), Kane Williamson (Hyderabad), Mitchell Santner (Chennai) and Ish Sodhi (Rajasthan) were all retained by their franchises.