Indian Premier League July 9, 2010

Gavaskar outlines IPL player retention method

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IPL governing council member and former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar, has suggested a new formula for player retention which envisages the eight original franchises retaining seven of their existing players provided the franchises are willing to bid up to $2 million for them though the player auction.

According to Gavaskar, the teams would be able to nominate the players they wish to retain but all the players would be part of the auction, with a cap of $2 million per player. If the price of a player at the auction reached the $2 million limit, the player's original franchise would have first right of refusal, provided it was one of the bidders.

The BCCI empowered a three-man panel comprising Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi to make recommendations on the structure of the league. Gavaskar said the panel agreed that player retention will hurt Pune and Kochi, the two new franchises, but felt the council should abide by an earlier decision that teams could keep four Indian and three overseas players.

The spending limit at the auction would be $8 million, which means the franchises would have to think carefully about players they want to retain. In addition, the total number of players in a squad would be capped at 25, with a restriction on matches a single player can play in order to reduce the risk of burnout. "Since a player could only play 14 matches plus the knockouts, a franchise could play five overseas players in four matches, but not in the knockout stage," Gavaskar said in an email which was sent to the eight captains of the original franchises. The email was not sent to franchise officials or team owners.

The details of IPL 2011 have been shrouded in mystery since the suspension of chairman Lalit Modi in April. The franchise owners had met with BCCI president Shashank Manohar and interim IPL chairman Chirayu Amin on June 24 to exchange their views on next year's event, after which Pataudi, Shastri and Gavaskar had one-one-meetings with the franchise owners about player retention, salary caps and squad sizes. At the meeting, eight of the franchises voiced their opposition to player retention, while Mumbai and Chennai were in favour of keeping players.

Gavaskar said these proposals were put to the full council at a meeting on June 25, but no decision was taken. The issue will now be brought up again at the next council meeting in August.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • raj_che on July 12, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    I dont understand why people torment IPL for indian team's dismal performance in the last 2 T20 World cups. I accept that players burn out after playing continously for 4 weeks, but so did the players of other countries. We had an average of 5 to 6 players from each nation playing the IPl for almost the whole season.All International players took part in the IPL night out, so its not fair to point out that IPl is the reason for India's failure. IPL is just used as a scapegoat in this matter by the indian team and especially by dhoni.Indian has never performed well in ICC tournaments be it the World Cup, Champions Trophy, and T20. leave aside the 2007 T20 word cup and the 50 over world cup.They should think about their shortcomings as a team and try to fix those rather than putting the blame on IPL and some dumb people follow the same gimmicks and blame the IPL for overdose of cricket, i feel its provides great entertainment and also identifies local talent in every team which is good

  • tanstell87 on July 10, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    @crikbuff.....i totally agree wid u buddy....IPL is dangerous...but sumhow it has caught d imagination of d young ppl across India....we hav already lost two T20 WC's coz of cash rich league....but i dnt see IPL being banned in cuming years...!

  • crikbuff on July 10, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Indian Cricket Lovers - pls wake up and realise how much damage IPL is doing to Indian cricket. India performed miserably in the last 2 T20 WCs after IPL burnout, India sent a sub-standard team to the tri-series in Zimbabwe, and our nation was put to shame by their dismal performance. India is playing far lesser test cricket than before, but wasting 7-8 hectic weeks in the IPL tamasha. Our young fast bowlers are all burning out. Our young talents are all being lured by money and IPL nights and are losing focus. IT is now in the open that the IPL is full of scams and corrupt corporate practices. It is a bigger scam than Satyam or Enron. Why are we supporting such a fraudulent ponzi-scheme and allowing it to destroy our national passion - Cricket? It is time to open our eyes and boycott the IPL - please Boycott IPL and SAVE INDIAN CRICKET...

  • nataraajds on July 10, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Since there are two new teams next year,let each franchise retain their best 6 players (3 indian & 3 overseas) and go for re-auction for the rest even PAK players also to be considered so that let the new teams also get a strong 15. Restrict a player for maximum 10 matches in league stage+knocknout & continue to restrict only 4 overseas players in playing 11 and give opportunities to young indians to show their talent.

  • on July 10, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    IPL destroys players standards, discriminated against World Champions Pakistan so destroyed image of India forever that this country has no standard or character.

  • HarshalBaviskar on July 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    The Governing Council has hit great middle ground. Those who want to retain can do so, but at very high cost. Also on burnout issue, having more matches per team would not mean having to play more matches. Only one thing: why allow 5 foreign players? GC could have encouraged franchises to hunt for local talent for extra slot. Or may be it is to make IPL more popular outside India and have fatter revenue. So, we would not expect real star players for Pune now. But we can expect a good competitive team. Cheers!

  • ushakiran on July 10, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    i won't agree..this.there is no good domestic players in kkr team.if franchise retain 7 players. tht will big loss for new teams.gavaskar use sence man..its not like commentry.why csk want dhoni?i dont think so he is good batsman r cap.india knock out last 2 t20 wc becoz of him.won ipl3 becoz one man came into csk after 7 r 8 matches.he was turn aroundcsk fortune.he is none other than dougy..of course csk went semi becoz of dhoni.if thats ur day u one can play blind innings like dhoni against punjab .bajji against dc.

  • on July 10, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @ playfancric: It is JUSTIFIED that Tendulkar can play IPL and opt out of T20 WC. It's his choice and he did so in the 1st T20WC as well before IPL was formulated.

  • Sachin_Gundappa on July 10, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    My advice to IPL committee, get some people who can make the things simple and interesting. Not complex and vague.

  • I.V. on July 9, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    As much as I hate people like Modi becoming God and dictating terms, I have to admit that Modi was pretty smart and I think he might have had different ideas on how to handle player retention. Modi is a genius and genius' steal. My guess is Modi would have scanned how the other Americal and European franchises work on player contracts and picked a feasible one. I don't get teh sense that anyone in the current panel even thinks about looking what has already been done in other leagues. This could have been a good year to move away from the 3 yr cap for all formula and let the franchises negotiate their own contracts with players within the team salary cap. That way, we wont have this mad changes and completely new look teams every 3 years. It will be more organic and only a few trades or free agent movement will be there every year. and Of course, like Lebron, we might have a Dhoni decision show once in a while, which will add to the fun.

  • raj_che on July 12, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    I dont understand why people torment IPL for indian team's dismal performance in the last 2 T20 World cups. I accept that players burn out after playing continously for 4 weeks, but so did the players of other countries. We had an average of 5 to 6 players from each nation playing the IPl for almost the whole season.All International players took part in the IPL night out, so its not fair to point out that IPl is the reason for India's failure. IPL is just used as a scapegoat in this matter by the indian team and especially by dhoni.Indian has never performed well in ICC tournaments be it the World Cup, Champions Trophy, and T20. leave aside the 2007 T20 word cup and the 50 over world cup.They should think about their shortcomings as a team and try to fix those rather than putting the blame on IPL and some dumb people follow the same gimmicks and blame the IPL for overdose of cricket, i feel its provides great entertainment and also identifies local talent in every team which is good

  • tanstell87 on July 10, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    @crikbuff.....i totally agree wid u buddy....IPL is dangerous...but sumhow it has caught d imagination of d young ppl across India....we hav already lost two T20 WC's coz of cash rich league....but i dnt see IPL being banned in cuming years...!

  • crikbuff on July 10, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    Indian Cricket Lovers - pls wake up and realise how much damage IPL is doing to Indian cricket. India performed miserably in the last 2 T20 WCs after IPL burnout, India sent a sub-standard team to the tri-series in Zimbabwe, and our nation was put to shame by their dismal performance. India is playing far lesser test cricket than before, but wasting 7-8 hectic weeks in the IPL tamasha. Our young fast bowlers are all burning out. Our young talents are all being lured by money and IPL nights and are losing focus. IT is now in the open that the IPL is full of scams and corrupt corporate practices. It is a bigger scam than Satyam or Enron. Why are we supporting such a fraudulent ponzi-scheme and allowing it to destroy our national passion - Cricket? It is time to open our eyes and boycott the IPL - please Boycott IPL and SAVE INDIAN CRICKET...

  • nataraajds on July 10, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Since there are two new teams next year,let each franchise retain their best 6 players (3 indian & 3 overseas) and go for re-auction for the rest even PAK players also to be considered so that let the new teams also get a strong 15. Restrict a player for maximum 10 matches in league stage+knocknout & continue to restrict only 4 overseas players in playing 11 and give opportunities to young indians to show their talent.

  • on July 10, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    IPL destroys players standards, discriminated against World Champions Pakistan so destroyed image of India forever that this country has no standard or character.

  • HarshalBaviskar on July 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    The Governing Council has hit great middle ground. Those who want to retain can do so, but at very high cost. Also on burnout issue, having more matches per team would not mean having to play more matches. Only one thing: why allow 5 foreign players? GC could have encouraged franchises to hunt for local talent for extra slot. Or may be it is to make IPL more popular outside India and have fatter revenue. So, we would not expect real star players for Pune now. But we can expect a good competitive team. Cheers!

  • ushakiran on July 10, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    i won't agree..this.there is no good domestic players in kkr team.if franchise retain 7 players. tht will big loss for new teams.gavaskar use sence man..its not like commentry.why csk want dhoni?i dont think so he is good batsman r cap.india knock out last 2 t20 wc becoz of him.won ipl3 becoz one man came into csk after 7 r 8 matches.he was turn aroundcsk fortune.he is none other than dougy..of course csk went semi becoz of dhoni.if thats ur day u one can play blind innings like dhoni against punjab .bajji against dc.

  • on July 10, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @ playfancric: It is JUSTIFIED that Tendulkar can play IPL and opt out of T20 WC. It's his choice and he did so in the 1st T20WC as well before IPL was formulated.

  • Sachin_Gundappa on July 10, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    My advice to IPL committee, get some people who can make the things simple and interesting. Not complex and vague.

  • I.V. on July 9, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    As much as I hate people like Modi becoming God and dictating terms, I have to admit that Modi was pretty smart and I think he might have had different ideas on how to handle player retention. Modi is a genius and genius' steal. My guess is Modi would have scanned how the other Americal and European franchises work on player contracts and picked a feasible one. I don't get teh sense that anyone in the current panel even thinks about looking what has already been done in other leagues. This could have been a good year to move away from the 3 yr cap for all formula and let the franchises negotiate their own contracts with players within the team salary cap. That way, we wont have this mad changes and completely new look teams every 3 years. It will be more organic and only a few trades or free agent movement will be there every year. and Of course, like Lebron, we might have a Dhoni decision show once in a while, which will add to the fun.

  • playfancric on July 9, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    What a load of rubbish!! How can you prevent player burnout when you let them play 16 games or so and how does that change from previous IPL's? What is mind boggling is what does the BCCI do with regards to contracted national players? Is it justified that players like Sachin can play the whole IPL season for 6 weeks and then opt out of World T20 which lasted just 3 weeks or so. Players like Kholi, Raina, Jadeja,Ohja, should be looked after by the BCCI as they are contracted and not dictated by the IPL.Presently India keeps using players who are well beyond their use by date, who are merely picked for their reputation and hoping for a jackpot everytime they are at the crease representing India.Look at Ishant ,he nearly won us the series against Aus couple of years ago and now totally disappeared from the radar.IPL is just a money making business,ads during an over!!Absolute rubbish.Contracted players should be allowed to play the first 3 weeks only of any IPL season and not any more.

  • Arvian on July 9, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Does it really matter who plays for which team. IPL is become or should I say always been like a TV show where you have different seasons. Now it will be IPL season 4 where you have 90 + shows perfectly scripted in the strategy meetings with the two team owners sitting next to each other, sipping on to Kingfisher beer and executed well on the pitch so that every team stays alive till the end of the 1st round to make the season very interesting. What could anybody do if all the 10 team owners come together for a round table meeting to decide how the games are going to be played and who wins and who loses on a given day. We shouldn't really bother anymore about the players, teams and strategies all that crap; because it will be very well scripted by owners and the coach (director) will handle the players accordingly. So just sit back and enjoy the show. It will still be good and more popular than any bollywood movie.

  • on July 9, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Sachin tendulkar had proposed the same formula! Is it any surprise Mr. Gavaskar is proposing the same??? Or is it a coincidence???

  • Rockfort on July 9, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    I just can not understand why the franchises can not retain their players if the player and franchise have good understanding. If players keep changing their where is the team building factor?

  • ARad on July 9, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    Loyalty is such a 20th century idea! By being bought often, any sense of belonging an employee may have with his organization can be totally extinguished so the players can feel truly...professional!

    IPL fans aren't looking for continuity and they are not rooting for particular players! T20 does not allow fans to appreciate the varying abilities of players since that is such a 20th century idea! We want our side to win (dammit!) and we want to see something exciting on the TV at 8pm every night!! Indian entrepreneurs should be allowed to exploit the masses as much as they can like in any normal capitalist society!!!

    I also want to ban replays in future IPL telecasts since they cut into ad time and I also want to mandate that each player and coach be given an incentive for mentioning the name of sponsors during interviews before, during and after games! IPL should also triple the Zoloft dose they feed to the comms! How do we know when to get excited and I want to get excited more!!11!

  • HISXLNC on July 9, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    this is not clear. i think it shud b gvn wit illustration.

  • on July 9, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Makes sense. Franchise might not retain all 7 players (considering each would go for $2) at the same time retain the most crucial of the players (icons).

  • on July 9, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Atleast allow each team to retain 3 Players directly without going into the auction,Just because two new teams came, doesn't mean all other 8 teams have to give away all their main players around whom the entire fan base and fan following is build upon. and for the most any one can't imagine sachin playing for chennai and shewag for hyderbad ,there has to be players playing for the team till now to have a identify for the team. CSK can't imagine missing Dhoni their captain like DC missing Gilchrist,,

  • on July 9, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Well Foreign players must play all the games then only we can have some close games.......

  • on July 9, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    So finally we are going to have 5 foreign players in a team for few matches. After all this proposal made back door entry and in couple of years this restriction of 4 league matches will be done away with, I am sure. And then we'll call it 'International Premier League' from which no nation would be benefitted even in T20 format. It's also obvious now that they are going to go with 94 games season next year. Talk about overkill. Hopefully that would lead it to eventually become official 'World Marketing Gimmicks League' that no cricket fan will care for anymore.

  • on July 9, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Whatever be the formulation but, there must be a complete face lift to all the teams is needed, though franchisees agree or not BCCI must work for the best interest of the game and the fans. Pataudi, Sunny and Ravi will have to come up with some cricketing experience while specialists are on the floor. Every team must have players of same calibre.

  • Rake1 on July 9, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    No suprise Chennai & Mumbai are for player retention - not only did they get to the final, they each have the two biggest names in Indian crickets - SRT & MSD.

  • NewYorkCricket on July 9, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Make it a 40-over game and introduce some quality. That is my recommendation.. In the long term they will have to include 6 foreign players. The sponsors will push for it... Like it or not.

  • on July 9, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Chennai want Dhoni, Mumbai want Sachin... and both know PUNE will easily buy them...

  • satish619chandar on July 9, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    I would prefer one Indian and one foreigner to be retained in the team.. If not, the teams need to pick a captain before auction as the captain need to have good discussion on what sort of players to pick in the team and if the captain himself is selected in the auction, he wont be having much say on the team!! Obviously, the players may have more knowledge about certain players than the coaches and the team owners!!

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  • satish619chandar on July 9, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    I would prefer one Indian and one foreigner to be retained in the team.. If not, the teams need to pick a captain before auction as the captain need to have good discussion on what sort of players to pick in the team and if the captain himself is selected in the auction, he wont be having much say on the team!! Obviously, the players may have more knowledge about certain players than the coaches and the team owners!!

  • on July 9, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    Chennai want Dhoni, Mumbai want Sachin... and both know PUNE will easily buy them...

  • NewYorkCricket on July 9, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    Make it a 40-over game and introduce some quality. That is my recommendation.. In the long term they will have to include 6 foreign players. The sponsors will push for it... Like it or not.

  • Rake1 on July 9, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    No suprise Chennai & Mumbai are for player retention - not only did they get to the final, they each have the two biggest names in Indian crickets - SRT & MSD.

  • on July 9, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Whatever be the formulation but, there must be a complete face lift to all the teams is needed, though franchisees agree or not BCCI must work for the best interest of the game and the fans. Pataudi, Sunny and Ravi will have to come up with some cricketing experience while specialists are on the floor. Every team must have players of same calibre.

  • on July 9, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    So finally we are going to have 5 foreign players in a team for few matches. After all this proposal made back door entry and in couple of years this restriction of 4 league matches will be done away with, I am sure. And then we'll call it 'International Premier League' from which no nation would be benefitted even in T20 format. It's also obvious now that they are going to go with 94 games season next year. Talk about overkill. Hopefully that would lead it to eventually become official 'World Marketing Gimmicks League' that no cricket fan will care for anymore.

  • on July 9, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Well Foreign players must play all the games then only we can have some close games.......

  • on July 9, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Atleast allow each team to retain 3 Players directly without going into the auction,Just because two new teams came, doesn't mean all other 8 teams have to give away all their main players around whom the entire fan base and fan following is build upon. and for the most any one can't imagine sachin playing for chennai and shewag for hyderbad ,there has to be players playing for the team till now to have a identify for the team. CSK can't imagine missing Dhoni their captain like DC missing Gilchrist,,

  • on July 9, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Makes sense. Franchise might not retain all 7 players (considering each would go for $2) at the same time retain the most crucial of the players (icons).

  • HISXLNC on July 9, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    this is not clear. i think it shud b gvn wit illustration.