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IPL teams can use October 31 deadline to trim salaries

Amol Karhadkar

October 29, 2012

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Saurabh Tiwary plays a cross-batted shot, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Warriors, CLT20, Bangalore, September 23, 2011
Saurabh Tiwary was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.6 million in 2011 © Associated Press

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 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.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 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!!!

Posted by baghels.a 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by himohan007 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..

Posted by remnant 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.

Posted by vish57 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.

Posted by jaison_cricfan on (October 30, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

Foreign players should be increased to 5, with a compulsary Associate or Affiliate player in every teams and he should be included in playing XI.. I know it wont happen..

Posted by roversgate on (October 30, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Delhi will be stupid to try that with I. Pathan because he has just made his way into the international scene and a re-auction could see him cross 2 mil barrier. Y. Pathan, S. Tiwary, R. Jadeja, M. Vijay, etc. would be good options to try it with.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

why pay that much to players who r not playing passionatly anyway, look @ CL. only those 2 teams made it to final, there players were playing for there national clubs, and they played there HEARTS out.

Posted by sarathb on (October 30, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

Respective teams should get rid of Jadeja, karthik,yusuf pathan,robin uttappa,saurabh tiwary - These five players dont deserve that much amount considering their persormance....

Posted by sarathb on (October 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

mumbai - Sachin,Rohit and Malinga CSK - Dhoni , Raina and Ashwin Rajasthan - Rahane, Dravid and Shane watson Delhi - Sehwag,Morne and Irfan ( To be honest Sehwag shouldn't be retained) Bengaluru - Virat. Punjab - No player should be retained Kolkatta - Gambhir, sunil narine and Manoj Tiwary Pune - No player shopuld be Retained DC (Sun) - No player should be retained.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Chennai needs to make amends for bringing in Jadeja for 2million.....If they still want him release him and buy him all over again....i dont think that many teams would try to buy him.....

Posted by usernames on (October 30, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

This can be a boon for a team like RCB -- let go of the likes of Vinay, Saurabh, et al. Get Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn and the likes, if they are available. I hope someone gets Quinton de Kock though.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

MSD won't release Jadeja - in his own words Jadeja gives him the balance that is needed. Jadeja won't mind being released though, if he goes back into the pool, some idiot franchise will again bid 2M USD for him.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

I am sure Yousuf Pathan, Saurabh Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Ravindra Jadeja will be released. Other possibilities are Irfan Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Muralidharan, Michael Clarke, etc.

Posted by satish619chandar on (October 30, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

There are loads of guys to sell. RCB : Tiwary, CSK : RJ, KKR : Yusuf. These guys are in the playing 11 ONLY because they were bought for high price and the management didn't want to give them salary for free.

Posted by Romenevans on (October 30, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

CSK don't you dare to sell "Sir. Dr. Ravindra Jadeja"

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

No player is worth lot of money in the IPL as most players are well of anyway and it is test cricket they should look up to and not 20/20

Posted by Thejus_r on (October 30, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

@everyone... if they sell him, there are teams who would pick him for twice his current price.. he is a utility player especially subcontinent.. he can send down 4 over economically and pick wickets and he is a gud batsman and clear any ground comfortably and he is a damn good fielder... and last year he was one of their better bowlers...

Posted by PMKKR on (October 30, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

It is better that management should fix the ceiling of auction for local as well as for international players otherwise most of the franchise will face the same feat later as Deccan chargers. It is better to keep the original nose high instead of showing the artificial nose. Franchise owners should understand and that's the way they can keep IPL alive for many years otherwise IPL will be also ICL.

Posted by theswami on (October 30, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Release Jadeja into the pool, his asking price would not be abovehis base which is 350,000

Posted by deadite11 on (October 30, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

The first thing sell the expensive buy mr.jaddu, then for rcb its tiwary. even KKR can sell yusuf.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (October 30, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Mr.Mallya - please please dump Tiwari and Zaheer...

Posted by Sunman81 on (October 30, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

Hope CSK sells it million dollar baby and buy a geniune indian pace bowler who can be reliable...

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

Yes Sell Ravindra Jadeja......

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

@Suoerkings2012, that is the way CSK should do.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

@Superkings2012 - Jadeja was bought for a price well over 2 million dollars... And a quarter of that would be around $750,000 (or perhaps even more) - I don't believe he is worth even that much! lol...

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

I think its the best time to kick the players like Yusuf Pathan, Saurabh Tiwary, Robin Utthappa, Ravindra Jadeja and Vinay Kumar out of the team and let them know that you need to perform in order to get the amount that they r getting. About Irfan, I think he is an asset for Delhi and he is doing well.

Posted by xylo on (October 29, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

This might be the right time to let go of Jadeja and minimize CSK's losses.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (October 29, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

CSK, Sell Ravi Jedeja and get him back for 1/4th of price and spent rest to get a couple of pace bowlers.

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