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Lessons from the IPL auction

What were the trends in the IPL auction, and how did the franchises plan out their bids? We also speak to representatives from Kolkata and Delhi (40:52)

January 11, 2011

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Posted by gop1982 on (January 14, 2011, 7:36 GMT)

Hi Harsha,

It would be nice if we have pakistan players as well.Is there any reason why they left out.

Posted by gop1982 on (January 14, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

Hi Harsha

I have a question. How effective would be this year IPL-2011. Given that we are having world cup in feb. Chances are some of the players who will be playing IPL might be injured. From audience perspective, is it too much of cricket. Pls share your thoughts.

Posted by nuwanlakshanth on (January 14, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

mahela is the BEST VALUE batsman in this IPL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by brucief1980 on (January 13, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

The presenters should stick to talking about cricket. the statement made 90% Africa play better football than the English players is both laughable and ill informed

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 8:26 GMT)

I think it just showed how poor the IPL teams are in having a right combination of players....It just showed also how indian entrepreneurs are tilting the wrong way :)

Posted by Raju_Iyer on (January 12, 2011, 8:22 GMT)

Very good session of Time Out which gave a nice, balanced analysis. If they could have got one of the players in as well (Gambhir?) it would have been the proverbial icing on the cake..

Posted by Madhavan.Varun on (January 12, 2011, 6:20 GMT)

Firstly the Ganguly issue: As many have told and agreed, IPL is all about the business, which is about getting more fans to cheer for your team. In Ganguly, it was not just the aging cricketer, but the entire Bengal fan-base at stake. Make no mistake about it, no Bengali would say otherwise. Brand Ganguly sells and franchises have missed the opportunity to increase their fan reach

Secondly, MODI: I am not saying we should have him back. But have we got an able replacement for him in Chirayu? He lacks Modi's swagger, style, confidence and very importantly his creativity. The pointless waste of time in the auction during thes econd day afternoon stands to my testament. I remember in a similar situation last year Modi stepped in, and cut through the bidding process saving a lot of time. Credit to IPL's stature today goes to Modi and him alone...

Finally: CSK have done exceptionally well in retaining almost the entire core of their team. Other teams will regret for having done otherwise.

Posted by Abuyousuf on (January 12, 2011, 5:07 GMT)

Well, I will probobly boycott this season of IPL. With this huge gap between salaries I am not sure my kid when matures as cricketer whose path he will go pathans' or kaif's! Where's the balance? After all cricket is a game of luck. Who scores on a given day is never sure. Take Kaif's example. Who believes today that he was a player of the day in an important match way back. So it's all about opportunity and luck. This huge gap in salaries for equal citizens of the country is not justified and against indians' way of thinking...

Posted by keerthimascot on (January 12, 2011, 4:35 GMT)

I'm rather disappointed at the fact that a Manish Pandey snubbed the RCB contract. Has the time come to reward the domestic uncapped players and to have a fixed criteria for the top domestic players to enter the Auction. Lets look at the prospect of rewarding the top performers. The top 10 Ranji performers come directly into the auction. The top 5 batsmen and the top 5 bowlers automatically get into the auction. Another thing is that we saw a host of domestic players from other countries coming in then why shouldn't the Indian domestic players come in. Is there a possibility for BCCI to have a exchange policy arrangement where 2-3 players come ply their trade with a foreign team. What they can also do is limit the number of players coming in from every country to 30, so you will have only the absolute best in the respective country and thereby also giving room for more of the Indian domestic players to be auctioned..After all it is the Indian Premier League!!!

Posted by   on (January 12, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

why not tamim iqbal? does he not know how 2 bat? he looked ok 2 me in england scoring 2 back 2 back centuries.also looked ok couple of other times against mighty indians.if he gets left out thats a shame. just from business point of view.4get about cricketing sense.a lot more people from bangladesh would have watched had he played.raj

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