IPL auction 2011 January 9, 2011

Mallya raises alarm over vulnerable 'uncapped players'


The end of the IPL's 2011 auction has shifted the franchises' focus to filling up their roster of uncapped Indian players, who will form the base of any team. The process begins on Monday but a controversy has arisen over the rules under which those players are to be signed - and a general confusion over those rules hasn't helped matters.

The issue was raised a few minutes after Sunday's auction by Vijay Mallya, owner of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who said he wondered whether the BCCI could protect the uncapped - read: young - players from being the subject of a bidding war and other forms of poaching.

"Now we look to sign uncapped players and try to complete our team," Mallya said. "But I urge all the franchises and the IPL governing council to exercise the utmost vigilance while signing uncapped players."

The IPL has, as Mallya noted, laid down "strict guidelines" for the signing of these players, whose value has increased because of the general dearth of domestic talent and the need to fill squad berths. First, it has laid strictures on how these players can be signed, through a three-way agreement involving player, franchise and the IPL, and with the explicit permission of the board. It is the player's decision, though, whether he wants to sign the contract and he is free to choose his team.

It has also clearly categorised these uncapped players into three types and set wage limits for each. Those players who made their debut in the last two years will be paid Rs 10 lakhs ($22,000); those in the field for two to five years would get Rs 20 lakhs and those with more than five years' experience Rs 30 lakhs.

Those two conditions together have raised fears among the franchises - which Mallya vocalised on Sunday - that, far from protecting them from inducements, the system leaves them open to bidding wars that could violate the salary cap. More so because some of these players (see sidebar) could, in open auction, command several times the maximum they can under the BCCI's rules. The only differentiator in a level playing field, it is feared, will be under-the-table deals.

Mallya gave the example of Ravindra Jadeja, who was banned from IPL's season 3 for attempting to negotiate a contract with a franchise on his own, and without the IPL's knowledge. He'd been picked by Rajasthan Royals before the IPL's first season when still an Under-19 player, and hence for a minimal sum, but sought better terms after success with the team.

The current situation could have been avoided, the franchises feel, had the rule not been changed last month. The original plan was for domestic players who had played 75% of their teams' matches in IPL 3 to be part of the open auction and a transparent bidding process. That rule was changed to the current one following a suggestion from Mumbai Indians.

The one ray of hope is the IPL's "catchment area" rule, which states that franchises have to sign four players from the neighbouring, or "catchment", areas. That would lessen the bidding war for coveted players but, as one franchise official said, there was "no clarity at all" on the definition and applicability of this rule.

On its part the IPL has said it will do everything possible to stop unfair dealings. "That [poaching] is a very difficult situation for us but we will be monitoring," Chirayu Amin, chairman of the league's governing council. "If we come to know anything was done underhand we will take stern action against them (player and franchise). I agree that it is a difficult situation but we will be very vigilant."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2011, 23:14 GMT

    I think IPL should diminish the policy for not signing Pakistani players. They are among the best in the world.

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    If uncapped players were allowed to be auctioned, more capped players could have remained unsold. Any guesses?

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Mallya is worried. He knows only 4 overseas players can play in a match and not all. The best composition as of now is 1 Dilshan, 2 Virat, 3 de Villiers, 4 Pujara/Kaif, 5 Tiwari, 6 Johan/Langeveldt/Pommersbach/Vettori/Vandiar,Rilee 7 Zaheer, 8 Mithun, 9 Nannes/Pradeep They still need at least 2 quality batsman.

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    I think Ganpathi Vignesh and lots of ICL players will get benifit with Current Domestic Players.. Ultimately it will be benifit indian cricket only...:)

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    AT Rayudu will be the first target of any team I suppose, He is not just a striking-batsmen, but he is a telented and matured player,who also can work behind stumps... Players like Raina, Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik , RP Singh,Shikar Dhawan played under Rayudu's captaincy in U-19 WC,'04...and played for India ,. Still Rayudu is struggling to play for the nation... the day is no longer,,, All the best At Rayudu...

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    where the hell is Shadab Jakati missing... ?? He has been the hidden star of the best team (CSK) in the lat two seasons of the IPL

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  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Oh, I forgot about Ambatti Rayadu. He can also join Deccan Chargers.

  • Dharmendra on January 11, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    I must say the whole auction system was absurd. How can foreign uncapped players sell for 900,000$ but an India uncapped player has to content with 20-30 lakhs max. Even Gambhir, rohit, pathan getting 2 million odd is not justified. Instead BCCI should have also placed a upper cap on bidding for a player based on his performance , experience & unique skills /ranking system for T20. If someone wanted to go beyond the upper cap for that player the surplus amount shld not go to that player but should be equally distributed among other franchisee and shld be named something say as wish list surcharge. In this way both players and franchisee would have got benefited.For example Gambhir's upper cap should have been fixed to say 1 million , now if any team was bidding 2 million for him then addditional 1 million generated in this process should have been taken from that team & distributed equally to all other 9 teams. Interesting isn't it!

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    @ Alexk400: I agree with you. Where is Ganpathi Vignesh. The next cricketing star... He is a good allrounder and also opens the batting... Stuart Binny & Abhishek Nayar.. are also a good all-rounders.. All these are medium pace all rounder who can hit a long way in the slog overs exactly what India is searching for at the moment.. Stuart Binny did very well in ICL.. both with bat and bowl... India is looking for a seam bowler all rounder and not a spinner all rounder like R Jajeja.... All these all rounders should be nurtured by India and they can be great future stars.. With so much of competition and big hitting prowess the need of the hour, India needs to produce somebody like Jaques Kallis, Shane Watson, Jacob Oram who can bowl at 135 Kphs and bat brilliantly. Irfan Pathan was the rising star but his bowling affected his skills very much.. Indians fail to bowl yorkers consistently at death overs, somebody like Vaas or Nathan Bracken who were expert in modern cricket yorkers

  • karamjot on January 11, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    i think Sangram Singh from the himachal cricket team will be a real dark horse... i watched him pla by chance at dharamsala n he destroyed a pretty good delhi attack, he seemed really passionate about the game too n just going thru his profile on cricinfo he's been around for a long time n performed at every level every year... its just his hard lunk n a testament for his loyalty that he's playing for himachal n not a larger team like delhi/up/mumbai etc where he wud've been noticed straight away... kings xi wud do well to recognise that!

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