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Pune coach Marsh against player retention

Cricinfo staff

July 6, 2010

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Zimbabwe coach Geoff Marsh during a practice session, Bloemfontein, March 11, 2003
Geoff Marsh plans to implement a rotation policy for the Sahara Pune Warriors to keep players fresh during the tournament © Getty Images
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New Sahara Pune Warriors coach Geoff Marsh has said he would like to see all the players go into the auction ahead of the fourth season of the IPL because any retention of players would put the new franchises at a disadvantage.

"We at Sahara are very keen that retention be done away with and all players go into an open auction pool," Marsh told ESPNStar. "If this doesn't happen we will have to start at a disadvantage. Allowing franchises to retain players will place us in great difficulty in fielding a competitive team and can even impact upon the standard of the tournament."

The BCCI is aware of Sahara's preference and Marsh was confident the board will consider "the principle of fair play" and abandon the retention policy. Marsh also said the BCCI was considering a proposal to fix an upper limit for the number of matches each player can play to reduce the risk of burnout. But whether the board decides to fix a limit or not, Sahara will introduce a rotation policy for its team.

"Rotation is surely something we will follow," Marsh said. "There have been many squads where players haven't got a chance to play and this has often resulted in discord. Even international players haven't been given enough matches. If you follow a carefully crafted rotation policy you can surely reduce the possibility of burnout."

That being said, the primary cause of player fatigue, according to Marsh, was not the number of matches being played but the hectic travel schedule dictated by the IPL. A more rational schedule would therefore go a long way towards reducing the stress on the players. "Normally players practice three hours a day and a Twenty20 match is only three hours of effort in the middle. So, more than the matches, careful and well thought scheduling can reduce the possibility of burnout."

Marsh, a former Australian opener, was appointed coach of the Sahara Pune Warriors on Monday. Marsh's coaching credentials include overseeing Australia's march to the title in the 1999 World Cup and being in charge of Zimbabwe between 2001 and 2004. He will be assisted by former England allrounder Dermot Reeve, whose most recent assignment was a year coaching New Zealand's Twenty20 champions Central Districts.

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Posted by Vilander on (July 7, 2010, 19:52 GMT)

mitchel jhonson/stu broad where are they going pune or kerala i wonder probably pune now...

Posted by svenkat02 on (July 7, 2010, 0:38 GMT)

No way! Franchises should retain atleast 3-4 players (3 Indians, 1 foreigner or whatever). If you want fan loyalty to build, you must be given the option to retain some players. Its ok if 24 of the best players are already taken. There are so many others who are there to be taken. We might also have new addition to the player pool. So all is not lost for the two new franchises. But player retention is a must.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2010, 22:06 GMT)

Marsh has exactly said what I have been telling for so long through IPL2 and IPL3. All players must go into open auction. Catagorized bidding of similar talents should be taken up so that all the teams get all sorts of players. Regarding the schedules and travelling consequences as referred by someone here, I would say they affect the players but not badly as they are into it during tours and home series. I think player retention will surely bring down the enthusiasm amongst us and the curiousity to get something new from IPL will be completely vanished.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (July 6, 2010, 15:09 GMT)

Yes, yes Dermot Reeve (my all time favourite commentator is back). Faaaaaaaaaantastic to see him back involved in high level cricket.

Posted by Solution on (July 6, 2010, 14:34 GMT)

Its an opportunity for the new franchises to identify and nurture the young talents who are not part of other teams. what if they can find one more tendulkar...what if they find one more kapil dev... what if they find one more Dhoni... what an opportunity!

Posted by concerned_cricketer on (July 6, 2010, 12:58 GMT)

As if the footballers don't move around! And the so called rules which are supposed to be place preventing a player from being approached make it such a farce. Some newspaper will report that last night Fabregas had a dream, and in the dream, he saw the words barcelona written on the gates when he was leaving the training ground. The next day Fabregas will deny it and say something that doesn't make any sense (they are supposedly briefed by the agents who are also connected to footie and so don't have a brain either). Then Barcelona will say they wouldn't dream of approaching Arsenal's contracted player. After a few days newspapers will start throwing various numbers around as the price for the player....Goodness! I hope IPL avoids such silliness.

Loyalty will come. Mumbaikars will support Mumbai Indians, Punekars will support Pune team, Keralites can support Kerala team and so on. Why would it matter which team a particular player played for last season?

Posted by Thunee_man_Naidoo on (July 6, 2010, 12:25 GMT)

If there is no player retention then there will definately be drop in interest in the IPL, because fan loyalties will be lost amongst the teams. Players make the team and fans automatically associate Mumbai Indians with Sachin Tendulkar, Lasith Malinga, etc and Deccan Chargers with Adam Gilchrist, RP singh,etc. If there is no player retention then players will mean nothing to their teams and fans will in essence supporting only a team name rather than the players themselves.

Posted by   on (July 6, 2010, 12:13 GMT)

I wonder whether Shaun & Mitchell will have to face the auctions or get direct entry into d Pune XI.. :P

Posted by yeahbeesee on (July 6, 2010, 12:13 GMT)

It would be a joke if teams are not allowed to retain players.As far as new teams being at a disadvantage goes, it is exactly a case teams wanting to buy success rather than building long-term plans(does anyone even think of that now!)

Posted by mail2sandy42 on (July 6, 2010, 12:05 GMT)

Marsh is absolutely right. Its the travel that kills more than the matches. Early morning flights, packing of kits, journey, & finally checking in to a new hotel, remembering the room number & dealing with the electro magnetic keys... they really kill....

Mumbai, however was very lucky with their first 7 matches being played at home. It makes a lot of difference to a team when you get so much time to think & prepare. We could see that in the way they played. IPL needs to take care of scheduling these games more carefully.

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