IPL news June 1, 2012

'Franchises, not BCCI, should control players'

ESPNcricinfo staff

Gautam Gambhir, captain of the victorious Kolkata Knight Riders, has urged franchises to do more to discipline players, saying the BCCI can't be held responsible for players' off-field behaviour during the IPL.

"Somewhere down the line, franchises need to control these things," he told news channel Headlines Today. "A certain player from a certain team does these things, the franchise needs to be fined and it has to be fined heavily." There had been several controversies during the IPL, including Royal Challengers Bangalore's Luke Pomersbach being charged by the Delhi police with assaulting a woman.

"It is the responsibility of the franchise to control its players," Gambhir said. "The BCCI can't appoint one person each to keep a watch over every player.

"Players who have a history of binge drinking and have got into trouble in the past, franchises should impose a curfew on them and they should be sent back to their rooms."

The IPL also faced allegations of black money and spot-fixing, but Gambhir defended the Indian board and the IPL. "We keep blaming the BCCI and the IPL for all these things," he said. "A lot of these things can be sorted out if the franchise is strong enough. Whatever we sign for is given, and nothing is given under the table."

IPL chairman, Rajiv Shukla, meanwhile told PTI that the franchises must 'keep an eye' on their playing and support staff. "We are not going to protect any player. We will definitely take action against anyone found guilty and we will tell franchises also to be very careful about these things," Shukla said. "They should also keep a strict eye on the activities of the respective players and support staff of their side."

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  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    For faults by players during IPL, franchise controlling them is fine. What are the rules set by BCCI for faults by players when they play for BCCI( is it playing for the country? Iam not sure). Are there any rules for that by BCCI

  • Dummy4 on June 2, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Well Said Gauti .. Pls convey this to SRK and his idiot acts , playground , dressing room belongs to only cricket players , even PM or CM has to follow protocol ,, then who is SRK

  • natmastak on June 2, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    @ Ponsfordstand : re :" ashes has history and ..." , frankly speaking , rest of the world re-discovered their interest in ashes only after 2005 . In mid 80's and 90's everybody only saw the final result ,by what difference did aussies win.and i dont think ,that made for a good viewing.Though i have to admit that @ Sreejith Menon's claim is premature .but the IPL is not only generating more money, in fact it is also generating more interest in test playing as well as non-test playing nations.

  • Tone on June 2, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Sreejith - IPL bigger than the Ashes? Yes, it probably does generate more money, more American-style cheerleaders and more Bollywood stars...but try finding anyone outside the subcontinent who legitimately follows the IPL. The world of cricket keeps an eye on the Ashes because of the history, the tradition and the fact that it's country v country, not $ v $ in a 4 hour hit and giggle - and that still counts for something.

  • g on June 1, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Alright Gambhir, franchisees should control players. But who will control franchisee owners? e.g. your own owner ;)

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    IPL is bigger than Ashes.

  • Andrew on June 1, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Spot on GG. It SHOULD be the franchise that disciplines a player as it is their brand name that MAY be tarnished!

  • Chetan on June 1, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Do something and then apologize very simple..Problem solved..keep moving on both the side till the next apology..free publicity for celebrities..good deal.

  • Dummy4 on June 1, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Gautam saying true..here people saying about SRK...in my view SRK have done great job to not apologies to MCA...well done SRK...

  • Hira on June 1, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    gambhir is absolutely right..franchises and players themselves need to take responsibility..because right now i think some of the senior franchise officials and owners themselves are stupid and laid back.

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