IPL teams this time around, may not feature too many local boys. That's because the BCCI has sent a notice to all 10 IPL franchises directing them to hold back from signing up uncapped India domestic players ahead of the fourth season off IPL. "The circular states the franchises can only sign players once the IPL lets them know the timing," a franchise official said.
Under the directives of the League, domestic players have been placed under a trio of categories on the basis of the volume of first-class cricket they have played. The lowest bracket of players can sign for Rs 10 lakhs (US$21,500) per year, the middle bracket for Rs 20 lakhs ($43,000) and the top bracket will be paid Rs 30 lakhs ($64,500) per year.
The topmost tier of player would have to have played at least five seasons of Ranji Trophy. According to the official, a dearth of quality domestic players is the cause for franchises reportedly pursuing deals already.
But the move hasn't gone down well with some quarters who feel constrained by this closed-door policy. "How can the IPL do this and not announce the date when we can start signing the talent? Otherwise we might lose on fetching a good buy."
The IPL has asked the teams to submit a list of players they would be interested in for the auction by Dec 24. This will help eliminate the names nobody is keen on, thereby smoothing out the two-day process.
There seems to be another plausible reason why the IPL is imposing stringency on the signings of uncapped domestic players. "What if both Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals sign uncapped players, and then falter on the guarantee money the Bombay High Court asked them to raise by January 3 as a condition for restoring their status after they were terminated?," an IPL official said.