Pune, B'lore vying for Manish Pandey

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Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 11:45 [IST]
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Pune, B'lore vying for Manish Pandey

Uncapped cricketer Manish Pandey sent shock waves through the Indian Premier League when he became the first player to refuse signing a renewed deal with his original team Royal Challengers Bangalore, for the fourth edition of the League beginning on April 8, this year.

His refusal was apparently prompted by a a lucrative offer from new entrant team Sahara Pune Warriors. After all, if he sticks with RCB, he stands to earn just a paltry Rs 20 lakh per season as stipulated by the BCCI, whereas Pune could lure him with a pay-packet of well over a crore, the type of salary befitting a player of Pandey's calibre.

But the Vijay Mallya-owned RCB has thrown the rule book at Pandey, and have appealed the the BCCI to arm-
twist him into staying on with Bangalore. RCB had earlier raised concerns that uncapped players would be poached by rival teams, while the board gave assurances that such underhand deals would not be permitted.

However, under the very noses of the board officials, Mumbai Indians has snapped up Deccan Charges uncapped
batsman T Suman. Suman has proved one of the most ominous middle-order batsman in the league and his exploits were highlighted in the last season by a match-winning 78 in pursuance of Bangalore's stiff 184, which propelled his team through to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Apparently Suman had received offers from other teams as well, but decided to sign with Mumbai as he couldn't pass up the chance to play alongside his childhood idol Sachin Tendulkar.

The rules themselves appear loaded against young talented cricketers and franchises that don't have a rich catchment area, like Pune and Kochi, and should probably be modified.

Meanwhile, Himachal wicketkeeper Manwinder Bisla and Bengal allrounder Laxmi Shukla have agreed to offers from Kolkata Knight Riders. Shukla was at Kolkata for the first three seasons, while Bisla has been a part of both Deccan Chargers' and Kings XI Punjab's squads. Kedar Jadhav, who scored a 29-ball fifty on his IPL debut last year with Delhi Daredevils, was being vied for by both Delhi and Kochi, and picked the latter because of his familiarity with Kochi's head coach Geoff Lawson.

The uncapped players have been placed in fixed price brackets by the IPL - those players who made their debut in first class circket over the last two years will be paid Rs 10 lakhs ($22,000); those in the field for two to five years would get Rs 20 lakhs ($44,000) and those with more than five years' experience Rs 30 lakhs ($66,000).


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