Uncapped IPL players get a raw deal

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Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 15:16 [IST]
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Uncapped IPL players get a raw deal

The following list of IPL players have proved their worth in the Indian Premier League, all becoming an integral part of the team and performing to their ultimate capacity. But they failed to figure in the high-profile player auction for the fourth edition of the League, because of a reviewed policy of the BCCI, whereby uncapped players i.e., players how have not represented India, will have to be signed up for separately by their respective franchises.

According to the stipulations charted out by the Indian cricket board for their pay, senior first-class cricket players stand to gain more than their juniors with Rs 10 lakh as the minimum salary. This is a pittance compared to the astronomical amounts that their team-mates have been bought for in the auction. The current system therefore, clearly doesn't provide a level-playing field for all the cricketers involved in the League, especially this list of high-calibre players.

Ambati Rayudu - In IPL 2010, Rayudu scored 356 runs in 14 matches for the Mumbai Indians, at an average of 27.38 and with a strike rate of 144.71. He also kept wickets in a few games, helping Mumbai Indians finish runners-up in the tournament.

T Suman - Suman averages a healthy 25.68 in the IPL at a strike rate of 122.53. In the last IPL season, he top-scored with 78 not out on a crucial match against Bangalore, effecting victory almost single-handedly. He has made himself a pretty indispensable top-order batsman and is intent on playing the long innings.

Rajat Bhatia - Bhatia has proved his worth as an all-rounder for the Delhi Daredevils, often playing more than an ordinary role in his team's victories. He has figured in all the three IPL edition so far. With the bat he averages 16.25 at a strike rate of nearly 120, while he concedes 25.42 runs per wicket and he has taken 26 scalps from 34 matches.

Manish Pandey - In the 2009 edition of the IPL, Pandey became the first Indian to score a century in the IPL with his unbeaten 114 runs against the Deccan Chargers in Bangalore's final league game. In the IPL, he averages 26.27 at a strike rate of 119.09 and was promoted to open the batting with Jacques Kallsi for the 2010 edition of the League.

Siddharth Trivedi - Trivedi is a key speedster for the Rajasthan Royals with captain Shane Warne habitually calling on his to bowl at crucial junctures in the match. During a win against the Mumbai Indians, Trivedi turned the game on its head with a spell that included the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya. In the last edition of the IPL, be averaged 23.64 with the ball, taking 11 wickets from 11 matches and going at an economy rate of 7.6 runs per over.


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