Tendulkar disappointed with IPL auction rule

Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 14:57 [IST]
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Sachin unhappy with IPL auction rule

Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar is disappointed with the fresh auction rule which allows the franchises to retain only four of their current players, including three Indian players.

Tendulkar feels that all the hard work put in together from all corners of a franchise to build and grow as a strong winning team will be disrupted.

"I feel it is about building teams, not breaking teams," Tendulkar said. "We have really worked hard to build this team and have got together brilliantly. In the third year we held a couple of camps, which had nothing to do with cricket. It was just about getting together and building team spirit.

"Right from the management and the owners, Mr and Mrs Ambani, they have all put in a lot of effort along with the players, and then you realise that the team has to change. It's tough to accept that."

The Little master also feels that the identity with any team will be disturbed because of the rule.

"I don't know, it's not my job to figure what's right or wrong, but I feel if a player is happy to play for a particular team, it's good he stays with that team," Tendulkar said, when asked if he was happy with the retention formula. "There's some sort of identity with that team. We have a huge following now and it's also an attachment with a particular team."

However, Bangalore batsman Rahul Dravid had an entirely different opinion. The 'wall' feels that with two new teams joining the IPL, fresh auctions would keep the competition level very high.

"We don't want to end up in a situation like in the Premiership [English Premier League] where only three or four teams can win the tournament. It's an even playing field. I like the concept of everyone having a chance to do well as it raises the level of the tournament. It raises the interest levels also."


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