IPL news October 29, 2012

IPL teams can use October 31 deadline to trim salaries


The IPL franchises have been given an opportunity to reduce their player costs, should they wish to do so, because of a tweak to regulations made by the league's governing council earlier this month. The franchises have been asked to submit a list of players they want to retain for the next season, to be played in April-May 2013, by October 31 while the rest will go into the next auction.

What this effectively means is that a franchise can release a player who was bought at a high price, make sure he is included in the auction pool, and then try and buy him at a lower price.

"It is possible for a team or teams to rectify a player's price. For instance, Saurabh Tiwary was bought by the [Royal Challengers] Bangalore at $1.6 million, way higher than the estimated price for the batsman," an IPL official told ESPNcricinfo. "If they wish, they can cut ties with him and again buy him at the auction at a cheaper rate."

Such an approach, however, is fraught with risk. "No team would like to disturb its core group for reducing the player's fees, so I doubt if any team would actually take the risk of putting a key player into the auction pool," another IPL team executive said. "If Irfan Pathan, bought at $1.9 million by Delhi Daredevils, goes into the auction pool for a correction and if two and three teams are looking for an allrounder at the auction, then there is every likelihood that the player will be sold for almost the same amount and Delhi may lose him eventually."

With less than two days to go for the deadline to submit the player list to the IPL authorities, the teams seemed to prefer to keep most of their leading players. Officials of three franchises confirmed they "won't fiddle around with most of our overseas players". And those officials also confirmed they "will release a few of the domestic players".

"After all, we cannot ignore the trading window that will precede the auction," an official said. "If we need to have a re-look at the core group of our squad, we can do so even during the trading window. But some of the lesser exposed and lesser skilled domestic players will turn out to be free agents in two days."

Another factor the franchises are dealing with ahead of the October 31 deadline is finalising whether their veteran players can last another season. Sourav Ganguly's decision not to feature in the next IPL is a result of the same. However, two other veterans, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, are set to play at least one more IPL season. Neither Rajasthan Royals nor Mumbai Indians intend to part ways with them.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on November 1, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @Shrikant Kakani vinay kumar and robin uttappa played well. remember uttappa played extra ordinary almost in every match in absence of yuvi.

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Honestly all the critiscm about Jaddu. He might have been terrible when he was playing for India but he was more than useful in the IPL. His performance against Deccan Chargers was very impressive. He also adds superb fielding to the team. If he starts working hard enough he might make it back to the ODI team.

  • Chandra on October 31, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    BCCI/IPL, If you need to survive long term with similar financial gains and hope to add more franchises, introduce performance based pay system. Also, to continue to add more franchises, Possibly you can create IPL Tier2 for another set of Tier 2 cities and then have the top 2 or 3 compete with main IPL pool. IPL main pool should be always be about 8 teams to sustain the number of games, forma and duration, 2 more could come from Tier2 winners. 8 team could also be based on how they finish in the previous IPL.Also re auction every three years is not good. If sydney sixers are winning 2 times CLT 20, they have same players. Look at all leagues, domestic competitions and come out with best. You can only do it, you have all the $$$$ you need. Do it right.

  • Chandra on October 31, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @sramesh_74, Mallaya probably needs to sell every one, otherwise he will take the DC route of defaulting RCB. LOL!!!

  • jayaesh on October 30, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    This should be a two way street because players how so unworthy of there price tags cannot be released arbitrarily without getting there dues, for eg- S.Tiwary should be played his full amount for his services rendered and only then he could be let go , otherwise it will be a case of restrictive trade practices.Franchises need to be smart about there domestic players, lot of u-19, u-23 players get left out and some bizzare picks like Tejasvi Yadav get picked for DD while budding allrounders like Manan Sharma are left out.Erstwhile DC had lot of domestic players who are not suited for t-20 game for eg-T.Srivasta to name one.Better scouting of domestic players are needed and with these players being put in auction one hopes players like Manish Pandey will be on equal footing to that of S.Tiwary and Zadejas of the world.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    i think council must have fixed a max price and min price for each players in the auction list,thus avoiding over price and also it will be interesting to see teams get a opportunity to get what ever players they like at the auction.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    MI: Sachin, Pollard, Rohit, Malinga CSK: Dhoni, Raina, Morkel, Bravo RCB: Gayle, Virat DC: Steyn, Dhawan, Duminy KXIP: Azhar Mohamad, Dav Hussey PWI: Yuvi, Stevan Smith RR: Rahane, Dravid, Watson KKR: Gambhir, Narine

  • Mohan on October 30, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Here I agree with most of the posters that it is good option to leave out Sir RJ. Now I think there is no obstacle for CSK to become champion of IPL6. Also get quality player who plays with their heart out like Pangyso,De knock, Starc, Harmeet Singh, Aparajith etc..

  • Zam on October 30, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Kallis is now getting old(no offense) and Yusuf Pathan has never justified his price and both must be let go, and KKR should also get a local pace bowler.

  • VISWANATHAN on October 30, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    While it is fair for a team to release a player for re auction, player also should have the option to seek re auction, for example Sunil Naraine will get more money in auction now than what KKR paid for him or Virat kohil will get more than what RCB is paying him as a retainer. It should be 2 way otherwise restrictive trade practice is preached by BCCI.

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