Sourav Ganguly unhappy with icon status

Published: Saturday, February 23, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said the iconic status granted to certain players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has cost them as well as their teams in the auction.

''It proved to be a disadvantage for both, the icon player and his team. In fact, more for the team because they would have had more cash to spend in buying players instead of spending 15 per cent more on the icon player,'' Ganguly told a TV channel.

The 'Prince of Kolkata' along with Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai), Yuvraj Singh (Mohali), Rahul Dravid (Banglore) and Virender Sehwag (Delhi) is among the five icon players who will be paid 15 per cent more than the highest paid member in their squad.

Ganguly was also surprised to see talented players like

''Frankly, I was a bit surprised to see players like Ponting and Mohd Yusuf getting a raw deal. Specialist batsmen lost because the teams wanted to invest more in all-rounders. Also, you can play only four overseas players and there is no cap on the number of Indian players,'' he added.


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