IPL news May 28, 2012

Uncapped Indian players to be auctioned next IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

India's domestic, uncapped cricketers will be part of an auction ahead of next year's IPL, the league's chairman Rajiv Shukla has said. Only those who had played for India in one format or the other were part of previous auctions among Indian players, but that rule, Shukla said, will be changed as a measure to prevent corruption in the game.

"It was the proposal of Shashank Manohar (former BCCI president) to auction all the domestic cricketers to avoid any form of corruption in the game," Shukla told Times of India. "All domestic players will be auctioned from the next edition." The auction purse for each franchise, Shukla added, will be raised accordingly though the details were still to be worked out.

In a recent sting operation by news channel India TV, at least three uncapped Indian cricketers were shown on camera, allegedly seeking more lucrative deals - including extra money that would have violated their IPL contracts - with other league franchises through an undercover reporter posing as a sports agent. Five players in all have been suspended by the BCCI pending investigations.

Uncapped Indian players are paid a maximum of Rs. 30 lakh (US$54,500 approx). In an interview with channel Headlines Today, when asked why uncapped players didn't feature in previous IPL auctions, Shukla said, "This was done to open up opportunities for little known domestic players as teams normally go for the known faces only."

With regards to the participation of Pakistan players in the next IPL, Shukla said, "We have not decided about Pakistan for IPL-6. The Governing Council of the IPL will take a call."

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  • TR on May 30, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    I say it again: Please create a 10th team exclusively made of bench-warmers of the previous season. That is, snatch 2 players from each of the 9 teams who played less than 2 matches in last season and form a new team. It will have a fantastic 18 members squad. Leave the option to join the 10th team to the player himself. That way most good players who didn't get chance (Saha, Mukund, etc) will get their chances. This includes foreign players as well. At the end of the new season, all those players will go back to their respective teams. Well, if they did well in the Bench-warmers team, they would be given more chances by their home team. If not, try your luck with the next year's Bench-warmer team.

  • ananth on May 29, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    @caught_knott - the Moneyball tactic is something which has been in the IPL since season 1. Remember Rajasthan Royals, who were the least financially well-off team, playing unknown names like Trivedi and Asnodkar, and thereby, went on to win the IPL?

  • gulshan on May 29, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    @ Chetan Asher....i like his suggestion.

  • Deepak on May 29, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Have to agree with Dravid_Gravitas. There are so many talented cricketers who didn't even get an IPL contract like Kedar Jadhav, Sarul Kanwar, Suresh Kumar. And many more who had to warm the bench whole season like Robin Bist, Kedar Devdhar, Mohnish Mishra, SK Yadav.... I think IPL better create a tenth team to accommodate these players who are deprived of a chance along with top international players who will have to sit out of different teams the whole season like Nannes, Morgan, ten Doeschate, Vettori etc. Now that Pak players will also be participating from next season, it becomes so much more necessary to have a tenth team...

  • a on May 29, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    If IPL has to be a global brand that has a seriously high standard of cricket, they must increase overseas players to 5. The contest between DD-CSK is a prime example. Morkel vs Hussey is a mouth-watering prospect and would be of the highest quality for the TRUE cricket fan. Instead some rookie called Sunny Gupta comes in and gets his lunch handed to him. Thats no fun for anyone - definitely not the uncapped domestic player. Likewise, its criminal to have Dale Steyn bowling his heart out and having some ridiculous fielding effort. Uncapped players should play in a 'minor league' and come through the ranks to the major league. Second point, the salary cap should be removed totally. Even MI will realize that they have a limit on how much they can spend. Let economics take over and regulated the salaries. Sooner or later, they'll realize that spending more money doesn't guarantee wins (watch 'Moneyball').

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    @ Towfeeq Ahmed: Manvinder Bisla represented and captained India-U19 World Cup. Read the article properly

  • Kavin on May 29, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - Okay then only you will be watching it and all the franchises will go bankrupt. IPL will become Ranji Trophy with empty stadiums and nobody gives a damn to it.

  • A on May 29, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    ipl is a great product and it is destined to be even great and be unparalleled but for this to happen some changes need to take place before IPL 2013.. new franchise should be auctioned to take the total upto 16.. all the players should be auctioned for one final time.. each team should buy atleast one associate player.... playing 11 should be 4foreigners+5indians+2under-22 players.. all the 16 teams should play each other only once..

  • Srinivas on May 28, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    IPL should never increase the foreign players to 5 or 6. In fact, I say cut it down to 3. It is our domestic tournament designed to help our domestic players. Already many uncapped Indian players are not getting chances. Increasing or decreasing the number of foreign players may not effect the revenues drastically but will definitely effect our local players. We should take only those steps that help their careers and lives.

  • Dummy4 on May 28, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    to all those who are thinking BCCI should focus on INDIAN Cricket than IPL, it is also one form to find talent... whoever thinks who palys good in IPL and hits at the rate of 200/100balls is not worth a test player, may be not all but remember some KP, Warner, Gayle, Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Husseys, gilchrist, sanga, jayawardene, Watson, GG, and many more from the uncapped ones... I have a strong feeling IPL would fill the void that Ganguly and dravid retirement has created in Test team and the more it would crate after GOD and Laxman retires

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