Manish Pandey turns down RCB contract

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Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 16:32 [IST]
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Manish Pandey turns down RCB contract

Uncapped IPL player Manish Pandey has declined a renewed contract wih his IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore of the first three seasons. His bold move comes evidently towards making his displeasure at not being included in the player auction known.

The BCCI made some last minute regulatory changes, pulling all uncapped players from the auction. The new guidelines made them eligible for a contract of only 10, 20 or 30 lakh rupees, depending on when they made their first class debut.

As a result, very talented players like Manish Pandey, the first Indian to score a century in the IPL; Ambati Rayudu, Mumbai Indians" who had a stellar last season; and T Suman, who was among the most impressive young middle-order options for the Deccan Chargers, will have to settle for a paltry amount. If they had been in the original auction, they would have undoubtedly scruffed up a fat cheque.

On the other hand, recently capped players like Saurabh Tiwary, who was purchased for a whopping Rs. 7.36 crore, and Umesh Yadav, who was snapped up for over Rs. 3 crore, have left the uncapped players5 fuming in disgust.

Sources are also claiming that the Royal Challengers Bangalore are trying to get Pandey into its camp by paying him as per the fee structure designed by the board that couldfetch him just Rs. 20 lakh. However, the player wants to join the Sahara Pune Warriors, which is reportedly offering him a much bigger pay package.

But when Chirayu Amin was posed the question that young players could be lured by other franchises for better monetary gains, the IPL commissioner said that the board would prevent such goings-on.

"If at all we come to know anything that was done under the hand, we will take stern action against that," he said. "I agree that is a difficult situation but we are very vigilant," he added.

It seems like the uncapped players have no option but to bite the buellet and remain with their respective teams, while receiving the bare minimum in terms of salary. Other uncapped impressive young players ahow are uncapped and hence fall victim to his unfair scheme by the BCCI, are seamer Siddharth Trivedi of the Rajasthan Royals and allrounder Rajat Bhatia of the Delhi Daredevils.


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