IPL Spot-fixing: Auction for uncapped players?

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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 12:21 [IST]
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Owners want auction for uncapped players

New Delhi, May 17: Following the suspension of five Indian cricketers and allegations about players being paid black money, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might conduct a separate auction for uncapped domestic players in the coming editions of Indian Premier League.

During the meeting with teh BCCI, it is learnt that atleast three franchises have requested them to have either an open auction or a separate auction for uncapped players to avoid this mess.

"The brand gets affected by these allegations and the best way to do it is by having either open auctions or an exclusive auction for uncapped domestic players. We have already intimated our feelings to IPL Governing council in this regard. They have assured us that the matter would be seriously considered," an IPL team told PTI on Wednesday.

According to BCCI's salary cap, an uncapped player can earn a maximum of Rs 30 lakh, provided he has five years of experience in first class cricket.

While 'open auction' has its own merits and demerits, it would be better to conduct a separate auction.

Since there is a live telecast of the auction on television and moreover, hundreds of domestic players feature in the pool, as it makes it a difficult option to choose, instead a separate auction might solve the issues.

"But we can certainly think of a separate auction for domestic players even if it's not televised. It will certainly be a step forward towards maintaining transparency as far as payments are concerned," a BCCI official said.

While a IPL franchise took Rayudu's example as the cricketer was bought by Mumbai for 30 lakhs, and franchises feel such players who are performing consistently well, need to be paid more.

Interestingly, Wriddhiman Saha who has been a part of the international cricket, who is also playing for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 5, fetched USD 100,000 from last year's auction gets more than players who are playing consistently.

"A Wriddhiman Saha on basis of international experienced fetched USD 100,000 (CSK) from last year's IPL auctions. Now Ambati Rayudu is entitled to Rs. 30 lakh even though his T20 credentials are far more than that of Saha," the official explained.


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