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'Franchises, not BCCI, should control players'

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 1, 2012

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Gautam Gambhir chops the ball through the off side, Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers, IPL, Kolkata, April 28, 2012
"The BCCI can't appoint one person each to keep a watch over every player." © AFP
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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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Posted by   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

Posted by   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

Posted by natmastak_so-called 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.

Posted by Ponsfordstand 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.

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (June 1, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

IPL is bigger than Ashes.

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by EverybodylovesSachin 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.

Posted by   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...

Posted by Lord_Dravid 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.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Franchises have owned the teams for their economic benefit. They are, & expected to be doing their business. They have nothing to do with cricket in it's real state. BCCI has started this tournament for the benefit of Cricket from club level to National level, for identifying the young talent, for giving them the opportunity. So only BCCI has the sole responsibility to regulate the cricket & players, but instead BCCI is making a business, making the money only. If it was an International tournament, then BCCI would have taken it much seriously........... but who cares now........!!!!!!!!

Posted by AnshulNagar on (June 1, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

@ --- SRK never apologised to MCA, he apologised to general public. He said tht in his apology tht he is sorry for" behaving at the public platform in a private manner".He is sorry for how he behaved in public not for his reaction. N Suuny G, why he always has an opinion n a strong one , mind u, when the topic is mumbai or SRT . I accept sir tht non players have no business on cricketing field.( but ppl on the pay roll of Bcci can act as 'unbiased expert'.)

Posted by anver777 on (June 1, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Before Franchises & BCCI interferes, a player must have the utmost control by not involving in to unwanted off-field issues..... Hope to see a issue-free 2013 IPL !!!!!!

Posted by muski on (June 1, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

Gautam- First in a polite manner you should ask your Chief Owner to shut up. Yesterday I was watching Barkha Dutt Interviewing him. After all the talk that he did, I did not understand what he was trying to say. The other day, he publicly apologised to MCA and today in the papers he says he wont. Does he think Cricket is Filmy stuff. Like Sunny Gavaskar said, non players have no business to be on the cricket ptich with their entire Khandaan. As they say, people sitting in Glass houses should not throw stones at others. Are you trying to be too paly paly with BCCI trying to grab the Gaddi of the Jumping Jack now that you have won the IPL.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 1, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

And, your franchise owner had the most of controversies this IPL.. Whom to control them? I think it is upto the players to realise their status and responsibilities and act sensibly.. The youngsters look to them foor the game and attitude.. Wrong attitude will surely mislead others either be fans or teammates..

Posted by Adeel9 on (June 1, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

He's right. A franchise is closer to players than BCCI and only franchise management can keep control over off-field activities of players.

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (June 1, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

hey everyone quiet its gautam gambhir, double GEEEEEE by danny morrisons pronounciation Double GEEEEEEEEEE

Posted by sample2007007 on (June 1, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

In this IPL 5 we have seen one of the Franchise misbehaved and banned. How do you expect Franchises should control the players?

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