IPL 2013 April 23, 2013

Franchises need better support from IPL - KKR chief

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The IPL could carry out important changes next year with its auction conducted in rupees instead of dollars and for the first time including, in some manner, uncapped Indian players. These would be welcome changes, according to Venky Mysore, the Kolkata Knight Riders CEO, but he has voiced strong concerns about the conduct of the IPL and said the league's administrators need to be more open and responsive to the franchises and work hard closely with them.

Asked on ESPNcricinfo's daily video show The Huddle a wish he would like the IPL to fulfill, Mysore said it would be to make the franchises more profitable and help them stand on their legs. "The financial viability of the franchises has to be uppermost on the mind of the league. Sorry to be a bit blunt, but at times I have felt that is not necessarily the case," Mysore said. "The reason is stakeholders come into various businesses for passion. They have a vision and it fits into that, but you do not want them waking up one day and wondering what am I doing in this business. And that would happen if they are bleeding."

With player contracts expiring end of this season, franchises are getting ready for an overhaul with majority of the players - both capped and uncapped, including domestic Indian players - going to the auction. Mysore said the IPL would need to be transparent about the auction rules, especially on the point of retention. In 2011, the IPL had allowed every franchise to retain a maximum of four players with the rest returning to the auction. "Auction issue is big. While we really did not retain anyone in 2011, now we have an opportunity and we are certainly keen depending on what the rules are going to be. We are campaigning for saying retention is a must. If there is a precedence that says four, we are even happy to support more than four," he said.

With the salary cap increasing every year, Mysore warned the IPL needed to be more disciplined while deciding on the purse amount. At this year's auction, held in February, every franchise had a $12.5 million purse. Mysore also recommended the IPL to have the player salaries converted into Indian rupees instead of the prevalent dollar. "The reason for that is over the last two-and-a-half years the currency has depreciated almost 25-30%. So when you convert $12.5 million into rupees the salary cap has grown 500% (sic). No business can survive on that basis," Mysore said. According to him, the IPL has told him that 2014 auction would be rupee-based.

Another deterrent to an open auction has been the perception that the IPL rules are not set in stone and are flexible while favouring certain powerful franchises. Why then would they not operate as one while voicing their concerns? "That perception (of certain franchises taking advantage) does exist and as the saying goes, over a period of time perceptions do become reality. But there can be a spirit of co-operation. We are not a large league. We are nine teams. And everyone pretty much gets along with everybody from what I've seen. The recommendations that we make are certainly for the benefit of the entire league if not only the franchises. But somehow there is a certain sense of concern of quality or security on the part of the IPL," he said.

As an example, Mysore cited the case of asking the IPL permission to allow the franchise to play exhibition games overseas last year. "They got off the block a little bit and said yes, but what they also said was we go and play an Associate country," Mysore said. But according to him, playing in Ireland, Scotland, Canada was not economically feasible. As a solution he suggested to allow two franchises to play against each other in an Associate country, but the IPL showed reluctance once again. Mysore is still not losing hope. "I can see there is more openness, although not enough for our liking, but it is slowly coming in."

A grey area franchises have exploited in the past is signing an uncapped Indian domestic player, who has never been part of the auction unlike his overseas counterpart. Uncapped Indian players are paid a maximum of Rs 30 lakh ($55,300 approx) with the IPL reasoning that inflating the salary would corrupt the youngsters. However, according to Mysore it is another way of bending the rules. "There are ways in which you can control the value that is "thrown" at a player. Whenever you do price control, people always find ways to get around it and we are a very creative bunch," Mysore said.

Offering a solution, Mysore felt a good way out was to put the Indian uncapped domestic players as a group at the back-end of the auction. "Everyone who left the auction in 2011 had roughly between $400,000-500,000 (of the purse money) left to sign up Indian uncapped boys. Pretty much the same thing could happen next year. In the process there might be one or two players who might command a high fee. So be it. At least the market forces will be at work rather than the circuitous routes taken in 2011 (by franchises). There were allegations like someone paying someone's brother-in-law a car or a mother-in-law a house to overcome the rules. That is silly."

He remained confident though, having been assured by the IPL about plugging that loophole. "I am told that in the next auction Indian uncapped boys will also come into the auction."

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  • JustinJose on April 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I cant understand y people oppose player retention.People who sincerely follow a team wants to c it win with the same set of players. We dont support a team just because it is called Mumbai Indians or Chennai Superkings. We also cant support a team only because Tendulkar or MSD plays for the it. We like the team as a whole , we love their team spirit, we love it like a family.U cant rebuild your family every 3 years and expect to retain the love. I say allow teams to retain at least the core of their teams,a minimum of 8 players(with a maximum of 5 Indians ).

    And people don't see the downside of auction from a players prospective.Don't u think players have an emotional attachment to the teams they played 4 long. They have no say in selecting the teams they play 4.That's very unfair.

    I think if both a player and his team wants to continue their association,they should be allowed to do so. Its always not about money.

    I wud

  • RCB4Eva on April 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Just the name "auction" drives me to despair. We have spent enough time and money as spectators and fans to cheer and support our respective teams. What would be RCB without Vinay, Mayank, et al, let alone Gayle, Kohli, AB? We have spent three years cheering for them and suddenly if you take them away and put them in another team, it would be very difficult to retain a sense of "my team". Are we required to do this every few years? This is not fair on the true fan. It maybe OK on the occasional supporter who just wants a good game, who doesn't care who is bowling or batting as long the team wins, but for people like me who have somehow identified themselves totally with the present team, it means sleepless nights.

    The retention rule allows the franchises to at least retain the very core of the team, but the number of retentions should be increased to 3/3, rather than 2/2. Of course, this will mean lesser number of high value players in the auction, but then the core team will remain.

  • on April 25, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Let this be the final auction.. Put everyone into auction and then from next year follow the EPL rules.

  • on April 25, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I think franchise shall be allowed to retain three player.IPL will lose their popularity if there is no retention of key player.teams will lose their identity.

  • on April 25, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Let`s make it fair.

    Put every player in the auction. Let franchises bid for what they need.

    I don`t like to see players like Dhoni, Watson, Kohli, Malinga.......playing for same teams since IPL had started, it in fact makes boring. It is in fact not fair for teams like Mumbai and Chennai holding best players in T20 with retention policy. The other franchises say Pune warriors wanted to spend more money for the players, but the best players from existed franchises were retained. Not fair in my view.

    Let`s give each franchise equal chance to bid for the players, let`s bring a new look to IPL-7. Let every player get shuffled.

  • SidsIPLTeam on April 24, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Without taking any sides here, as true as it is to have player retention so that the fans can identify with their respective teams, it is a tad unfair to the newer teams joining the league to have to spend much more on buying the team (as prices have grown significantly over the last 5 years) and then to not get access to the best of players. Team owners are trying to build their brands and so are the sponsorors. Hence, the corporate tie-ups will have a lot to do with the big players one has in their roster. Teams owners are great sports themselves and love the fun and the challenge. But, they have to be able to sustain the investment. Plus, there is the additional excitement to have the biggest players in your team.

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    I can promise you that if you keep rotating these players around every 3 years or so, nobody will care about these teams or games anymore. There used to be lots of fans during first 3 seasons who dont follow their teams anymore because the team composition has changed. Fan loyalty is a very important factor that you should not take for granted and it will take a long time to build a loyal fan base.

    Dont compromise on quality and fan base just for short term gain.

  • Chaitu87 on April 24, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I personally feel IPL should be conducted in two phases. One phase should be played overseas shifting to different countries every year while the second phase and the play offs should be played in India. This will not only solve the money issue to some extent but does a world of good to the game and players. I am sure everyone agrees that IPL is no less than international cricket in terms of intensity and player's commitment. When this is played in different conditions, it will not only help the players from different countries experience overseas conditions under intense pressure but also promotes the game to a completely different level. With the kind of following IPL has (evident during IPL2 in South Africa), it will be very well received in all the other countries as well (in spite of several leagues being played). It is T20 Cricket after all!

  • on April 24, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Any professional sports league MUST allow for player retention to build loyal support amongst its fan base. It is the difference between a serious league and a commercial joke...

    What side does the IPL want to fall on?

  • Abbas67 on April 24, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    There should not be any retaining system, instead of that, there must come a rules that you cannot Bid for more then 8 players (3 Foreign) who were previously in your squad, because squads like Punjab & Hydrebad will always remain weak, and the the 10th Franchise won't get much to Bid on !

  • JustinJose on April 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    I cant understand y people oppose player retention.People who sincerely follow a team wants to c it win with the same set of players. We dont support a team just because it is called Mumbai Indians or Chennai Superkings. We also cant support a team only because Tendulkar or MSD plays for the it. We like the team as a whole , we love their team spirit, we love it like a family.U cant rebuild your family every 3 years and expect to retain the love. I say allow teams to retain at least the core of their teams,a minimum of 8 players(with a maximum of 5 Indians ).

    And people don't see the downside of auction from a players prospective.Don't u think players have an emotional attachment to the teams they played 4 long. They have no say in selecting the teams they play 4.That's very unfair.

    I think if both a player and his team wants to continue their association,they should be allowed to do so. Its always not about money.

    I wud

  • RCB4Eva on April 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Just the name "auction" drives me to despair. We have spent enough time and money as spectators and fans to cheer and support our respective teams. What would be RCB without Vinay, Mayank, et al, let alone Gayle, Kohli, AB? We have spent three years cheering for them and suddenly if you take them away and put them in another team, it would be very difficult to retain a sense of "my team". Are we required to do this every few years? This is not fair on the true fan. It maybe OK on the occasional supporter who just wants a good game, who doesn't care who is bowling or batting as long the team wins, but for people like me who have somehow identified themselves totally with the present team, it means sleepless nights.

    The retention rule allows the franchises to at least retain the very core of the team, but the number of retentions should be increased to 3/3, rather than 2/2. Of course, this will mean lesser number of high value players in the auction, but then the core team will remain.

  • on April 25, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Let this be the final auction.. Put everyone into auction and then from next year follow the EPL rules.

  • on April 25, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I think franchise shall be allowed to retain three player.IPL will lose their popularity if there is no retention of key player.teams will lose their identity.

  • on April 25, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Let`s make it fair.

    Put every player in the auction. Let franchises bid for what they need.

    I don`t like to see players like Dhoni, Watson, Kohli, Malinga.......playing for same teams since IPL had started, it in fact makes boring. It is in fact not fair for teams like Mumbai and Chennai holding best players in T20 with retention policy. The other franchises say Pune warriors wanted to spend more money for the players, but the best players from existed franchises were retained. Not fair in my view.

    Let`s give each franchise equal chance to bid for the players, let`s bring a new look to IPL-7. Let every player get shuffled.

  • SidsIPLTeam on April 24, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Without taking any sides here, as true as it is to have player retention so that the fans can identify with their respective teams, it is a tad unfair to the newer teams joining the league to have to spend much more on buying the team (as prices have grown significantly over the last 5 years) and then to not get access to the best of players. Team owners are trying to build their brands and so are the sponsorors. Hence, the corporate tie-ups will have a lot to do with the big players one has in their roster. Teams owners are great sports themselves and love the fun and the challenge. But, they have to be able to sustain the investment. Plus, there is the additional excitement to have the biggest players in your team.

  • sanjaycrickfan on April 24, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    I can promise you that if you keep rotating these players around every 3 years or so, nobody will care about these teams or games anymore. There used to be lots of fans during first 3 seasons who dont follow their teams anymore because the team composition has changed. Fan loyalty is a very important factor that you should not take for granted and it will take a long time to build a loyal fan base.

    Dont compromise on quality and fan base just for short term gain.

  • Chaitu87 on April 24, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    I personally feel IPL should be conducted in two phases. One phase should be played overseas shifting to different countries every year while the second phase and the play offs should be played in India. This will not only solve the money issue to some extent but does a world of good to the game and players. I am sure everyone agrees that IPL is no less than international cricket in terms of intensity and player's commitment. When this is played in different conditions, it will not only help the players from different countries experience overseas conditions under intense pressure but also promotes the game to a completely different level. With the kind of following IPL has (evident during IPL2 in South Africa), it will be very well received in all the other countries as well (in spite of several leagues being played). It is T20 Cricket after all!

  • on April 24, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Any professional sports league MUST allow for player retention to build loyal support amongst its fan base. It is the difference between a serious league and a commercial joke...

    What side does the IPL want to fall on?

  • Abbas67 on April 24, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    There should not be any retaining system, instead of that, there must come a rules that you cannot Bid for more then 8 players (3 Foreign) who were previously in your squad, because squads like Punjab & Hydrebad will always remain weak, and the the 10th Franchise won't get much to Bid on !

  • on April 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I wish to see every IPL team should play with 2 uncapped indian players in their playing XI in every match... This not only develops domestic cricket but also give the chance to the some teams to give equivalent fight with some other teams who have play with all capped players...

  • womenlovecricket on April 24, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    I really want all the franchises to get together and say that they can retain as many players as they want. Make it like premier league football where players who wants to stay can stay and those who wants to leave can leave. That way everyone will be happy, the fans, the franchises and the players. Personally I cannot imagine CSK without Dhoni, Raina, Bravo, Morkel, Hussey, Du Plesis, Vijay, Ashwin, Jadeja (basically the whole of CSK:)

  • crindex on April 24, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    IPL is interesting BECAUSE it has the rotation policy. No player or team should be static and keep winning the title all the time. All teams being equal the rotation policy is very good and healthy one for IPL and Indian Cricket. IPL can put a clause where in the at least 2 local players for each team such as Tiwari (KKR) and Badri (CSK) must be represented. That would increase the chance for Ranji players playing for a specific region .

  • tejas099 on April 24, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    IPL should definitely have a retainer model. Having a complete auction every 3 years leaves the people in a confusion. Just imagine if MI releases sachin and delhi buys sachin and MI buys sehwag.. who will the supporters support in the season? Will they be loyal to their franchise or loyal to their favourite team?

    Retainer model helps in establishing team loyalities like in EPL where the fans are loyal to a franchise rather than a player.For example, releasing Ronaldo dint make fans stop supporting ManU. but i dont think that will happen when Sachin moves out of MI

  • crindex on April 24, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    What is more important ? - the profitability of the franchise or the betterment of the local cricketers for that region ?

  • ladycricfan on April 24, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Imagine how much the capped Indian players will go for, if all the players are put into the auction. $2 million $3 million, Dhoni might even sky rocket to $ 4-5 millions. Then how much will be left for others? Retention is a must, for continuity, consistency, player loyalty, team identity.......

  • on April 24, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Players should never be allowed to retain.For example, Gayle will never play for another franchises except RCB.

  • ramli on April 24, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    T20 cricket is about finding right team combination with deft replacements ... one need not always fill with top ranking players ... that does not guarantee victory (eg. MI) ... teams like RR and KXIP with more than average players led by astute captains have managed reasonable success ... so retention of key players by franchises need not necessarily impact the success of other franchises ... KKR built a new team with discards like Gambhir, Kallis, Balaji, etc. and won the IPL too ... it is only about investing wisely based on sound judgment about players ... PWI and SRH should capture such talents among discards and invest ... rest is left to chance and good luck

  • kingcobra85 on April 24, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    That is how the world works. The bigger fish eats smaller fish. Manchester United got Van Persie from Arsenal, Man City got Nasri, clichy and toure from Arsenal too. Is it the fault of Man United and Man City that Arsenal cannot match the salary that they can afford ? KKR chief in an idiotic move spent a million dollars on Yusuf Pathan. Now he could have spent that money on someone who actually performs. Everyone had the chance to bid for a Raina or Ashwin or MSD or Pollard during the first auction why didnt they bid? Now that CSK or MI have invested so much time and money on getting these stars to perform these clubs with no vision want the fruits of someone else's labour.

  • ladycricfan on April 24, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Franchises should be allowed to retain four players. Even though Pune joined later, they have Yuvi, Buvneshwar, Dinda and Rahul sharma in their team. Choosing foreign players is never a problem, there are plenty of them. Can't imagine CSK without MSD, Raina, Vijay, Ashwin, Badri, Albie, Hussey, Bravo.......

  • WINcent on April 24, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    How hypocritical of KKR to ask for player retention now,in 2011 they were against retention,CSK is the only team which has been in favor of retention from day 1 simply because their management is experienced in running cricket clubs before whereas other franchise had very little knowledge about running a cricket franchise.

  • sweetspot on April 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Bucking the retention clause just because some franchises want to correct their mistakes is just silly. For instance, no way PWI is going to get Dhoni, and we understand that. But they came into the game later. If you simply watched and decided to play later, you will come in with fewer opportunities. That's just the way any league works. You can't expect to start a team today and expect to pick up all the best players just because you have the money.

    The financial viability part has to be an internal matter for every franchise. If they're there to make money, they need to have done their homework first and foremost. If they're there because of other reasons, then they know what they're there for, and shouldn't worry too much about being financially "viable" while still very young like everybody else.

    The BCCI has put up the platform, and it's a success, beyond anybody's imagination. How to leverage that success should just come down to business acumen. What is the worry?

  • on April 24, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    I suggest that all player should go for auction. But to make list smaller each team should be given option to make their wish list after players and their base price is made available. Each team should send list of players which they want in their team and if particular player is only in wish list of one team. That player should be given to that team. All others should be put in auction

  • fastrack10 on April 24, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    retaining the players is a very critical issue..in one hand to keep the identity of the team few key players have to be retained..on the other hand if the good palyers are not released then teams like pune wont be able to rebuilt & be a stronger team.i think maximum of two players should be allowed to be retained to give all equal opportunity..unlike 2011 auction wher 4players were allowed, which was too much.

  • sumanthgutta on April 24, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    1. When IPL was formed they said there will be a complete auction after 3 years. 2. Franchisees pick their teams accordingly. 3. 3 years later, Mumbai and Chennai want to exercise their strength and want to retain players. 4. Pune and Hyderabad have joined in later. 5. Now, if teams are given a chance to retain players again how exactly do these teams and other weak teams pick players when all the strong players have been retained?

    Thats why the rules regarding retention (in later years) should be made clear and ALL PLAYERS (including uncapped) should go into the auction once for and all in 2014. If teams so want to have the exact same set of players, they can always pick them from the auction. What in this is so difficult for the IPL to understand that a regular cricket watcher like me could?

  • WalkingWicket11 on April 24, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    While you are at it, could you also change the team names and make them more creative? 4 out of 9 teams have something to do with royalty, "Indians", "Warriors", seem too cliched and unimaginative. Bring in a breath of fresh air with some creative names.

  • Kulaputra on April 24, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Acknowledge that Gayle played possibly the greatest T20 innings of all times. The only comparison is mentioned below.

    The other 175 by Kapil Dev (which no one saw, thanks to stupid striking technicians of BBC) must surely rank as one of the greatest innings in any form of cricket for a long time.

    A word on bowling though is not out of place. The Pune bowlers except for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled very badly. While one understands that it is not easy to bowl to Gayle, what they tried was beyond belief, especially the left arm spinners. The idea was to slow it up, take more gaps between balls. Finch in his wisdom thought bowling darts was the way to do it. The wicket keeper did not help. The whole team panicked !!!

    We need better quality bowling than this. Lambs to slaughter is what comes to mind.

  • MAYURESHmagic on April 24, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Retention. Pune Warriors has no chance to get better players like in 2011. Noone will be there for pune eg. Styen, Morkel, Gayle, Watson etc. Even selection committee of Pune is brainless, they baught useless players.

  • Gun79 on April 24, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Most Rediculous statement I have ever read regarding this player octioning. According to this big money franchies has licence to buy inform players and dump non performing players without any knowledge of team management. Players will not perform all the time. They have their ups and downs through out the carrier. Managements job to buy a pool of considering all the facts and manage them accordingly. Atleast players should bond to a team atleast 3 years. RR had limited resources and they invest on local talents and after some experience they started to perform. So their investment is maturing either 2 year or 3 year of the auctioning. If BCCI allows this, they will kill the young local talents at birthplace. My suggestion would be to do something good players who are on the bench throughout the season. Rich franchieses lock lalented players by paying minimum without giving them a single match. Good if come up with a rule where auctioned players should get atleast 50% of their money

  • on April 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    I think IPL without retention is boring. The retention limit of 4 as in 2011 was perfectly balanced. It gives everyone a chance. But, if there were no retention rules, i am not sure I will be watching IPL with keen interest as I am doing now. For example, as a CSK fan, if my team doesn't have Dhoni, Ashwin, Raina or Morkel I am not sure how interested I will be.

  • V.Jammy on April 24, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    "Uncapped Indian players are paid a maximum of Rs 30 lakh ($55,300 approx) with the IPL reasoning that inflating the salary would corrupt the youngsters." This is ridiculous. Paying huge ransoms to overseas players means throwing the money out of country. If our Indian players get big money, then atleast the money will stay our country!

  • kafkafka on April 24, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Changing teams every three years doesn't make any sense. A team should be allowed to retain most of its players. That is how you create legacy. The more you discourage retention, the more the big money teams will get stronger just on the strength of their purse. For instance, teams like Rajasthan, Punjab and Hyderabad have worked on developing a team because their pockets are not too deep and they are finally seeing the fruits of it. CSK retained most of their team and look how good a team they are, even though they don't have many big money buys in their team. But once you have the auction next year, they will retain their main players, but the fringe domestic players who have consistently performed will get snapped up by CSK, Mumbai and Bangalore especially Mumbai who will conveniently dispense of players like Pollard, Malinga, Bhajji because they had one season. The solution is flexible buy out clauses.

  • sheeraj on April 24, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    Only Indian players who have formed some bonding to the teams can be retained. International players can be auctioned so every team gets a chance to get the best players

  • on April 24, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    There should be a rule that every set amount of years(6-8) the team can retain 2 indian players & 2 foreigner players or 1 of each. This way a team doesnt just hog all the talent. Like aman gupta pointed out, a team like pune who joined later did not get to participate from the start & was left with leftovers & paid a higher price for players. Also the whole uncapped player rule is mind boggling, players like rayudu & rahane who even with performances might not get a chance to play for india are scoring runs for only $50k a year while other guys who get a single game can go for $100-300k+ so that rule should be eliminated. While retaining players does build a following, it shouldnt let teams retain all players. As it stands now with teams retaining players, only CSK,MI,RCB seem like they will make finals each year due to their starters & bench players. Needs to be some balance, do away with secret high bids. Bid until you give up on a player!!

  • on April 24, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    For the sake of IPL's entertainment value and sustainability; the best thing IPL Management could do is, set a GRAND AUCTION. No teams should be allowed to retain anyone. This will create enormous interest in Fans who would be curious to know who got who and you see, different combinations and new group of players would bring more interest. Otherwise, it will be pretty boring to see Gayle is playing for Bangalore for the next 20 years or a Dhoni is captaining Chennai for forever. Every six years, there must be Grand Auctions, so that the Interest in this great Tournament will remain; else sooner or later, the death bell will ring.

  • PMKKR on April 24, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Salary for the foreign players and local players are very high at this moment. In 5 years two franchised were closed because they are unable to pay their dues to the players. I think board should fix the ceiling of money for the players, international or local that way IPL can survive much longer otherwise every year one franchise will be closing or opening new. I think profit or money what Board is getting better to invest in the development of cricket by providing good playing facilities to the smaller cities like a cricket ground and ground names should be of famous Indian players. Board should spend the money for the development of Indian cricket and local players will come out more.

  • on April 24, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Keeping the core players is not just about good for the team, thats the only way you can keep the tournament healthy, for instance think about CSK all their current players are like local stars.. if you demolish the group thats not gonna be good for the spectators and there will no more pride to support a team. decisions must favour spectators than the team owners.

  • viru-319-219 on April 23, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    I would like to see retention of one Indian Player per team.

    All the overseas players should be in the auction giving all the franchises a chance to go for the combination they want.Retention of overseas players and more than 1 Indian player will surely put big guns out of auction.

    What I mean is CSK's core is Dhoni, There cant be a mumbai without Sachin, Delhi's Nawab is viru and RCB was grooming Kohli from first edition So this 1 player retention gives the franchises a chance to build their team around their core player

  • Batmanindallas on April 23, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Every player should be on auction-that would mean a player like Rayudu will get his worth and not be discriminated against say compared No hit Sharma or Pathan or many others who have played a game for the country. This rule is not applied to international domestic players-it seems like discrimination to me. A business enterprise like IPL should be entirely driven by market

  • ThyrSaadam on April 23, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    The Rupee Vs Dollar drepreciation seems valid, however can we request the franchises to scale down the ticket cost as well? Perhaps that is not unreasonable?

  • on April 23, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    In my Opinion in 2014 a Grand auction needs to be organized in which all the players from all the teams come into the auction.(NO RETENTION) bcoz a franchise like Pune Warriors Join IPL after 3 seasons. At that time 32 Good players had retained by the 8 franchise. So if IPL council is including any team into IPL in between then that team has the right to choose their line up from the pool of all the players not from All players -32(Good Players).

  • on April 23, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    IPL was accused of favouring CSK & MI in player retention. But now that KKR has a got a decent side. They want to do the same. And this guy still goes on about how some franchises are favoured. You can't accuse someone, join them and then accuse them again

  • trevorleesafro on April 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    The main concern for the franchises should be consistency. It is essential that franchises become teams, with player loyalty key. Eventually the auction should become more like an American sports draft whereby only new international players and Indian rookies are included. The majority of the best players should have developed ties to the cities/people they are supposed to be representing. After 6 seasons the most stable"teams" are the most successful.

  • trevorleesafro on April 23, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    The main concern for the franchises should be consistency. It is essential that franchises become teams, with player loyalty key. Eventually the auction should become more like an American sports draft whereby only new international players and Indian rookies are included. The majority of the best players should have developed ties to the cities/people they are supposed to be representing. After 6 seasons the most stable"teams" are the most successful.

  • on April 23, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    IPL was accused of favouring CSK & MI in player retention. But now that KKR has a got a decent side. They want to do the same. And this guy still goes on about how some franchises are favoured. You can't accuse someone, join them and then accuse them again

  • on April 23, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    In my Opinion in 2014 a Grand auction needs to be organized in which all the players from all the teams come into the auction.(NO RETENTION) bcoz a franchise like Pune Warriors Join IPL after 3 seasons. At that time 32 Good players had retained by the 8 franchise. So if IPL council is including any team into IPL in between then that team has the right to choose their line up from the pool of all the players not from All players -32(Good Players).

  • ThyrSaadam on April 23, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    The Rupee Vs Dollar drepreciation seems valid, however can we request the franchises to scale down the ticket cost as well? Perhaps that is not unreasonable?

  • Batmanindallas on April 23, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Every player should be on auction-that would mean a player like Rayudu will get his worth and not be discriminated against say compared No hit Sharma or Pathan or many others who have played a game for the country. This rule is not applied to international domestic players-it seems like discrimination to me. A business enterprise like IPL should be entirely driven by market

  • viru-319-219 on April 23, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    I would like to see retention of one Indian Player per team.

    All the overseas players should be in the auction giving all the franchises a chance to go for the combination they want.Retention of overseas players and more than 1 Indian player will surely put big guns out of auction.

    What I mean is CSK's core is Dhoni, There cant be a mumbai without Sachin, Delhi's Nawab is viru and RCB was grooming Kohli from first edition So this 1 player retention gives the franchises a chance to build their team around their core player

  • on April 24, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Keeping the core players is not just about good for the team, thats the only way you can keep the tournament healthy, for instance think about CSK all their current players are like local stars.. if you demolish the group thats not gonna be good for the spectators and there will no more pride to support a team. decisions must favour spectators than the team owners.

  • PMKKR on April 24, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Salary for the foreign players and local players are very high at this moment. In 5 years two franchised were closed because they are unable to pay their dues to the players. I think board should fix the ceiling of money for the players, international or local that way IPL can survive much longer otherwise every year one franchise will be closing or opening new. I think profit or money what Board is getting better to invest in the development of cricket by providing good playing facilities to the smaller cities like a cricket ground and ground names should be of famous Indian players. Board should spend the money for the development of Indian cricket and local players will come out more.

  • on April 24, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    For the sake of IPL's entertainment value and sustainability; the best thing IPL Management could do is, set a GRAND AUCTION. No teams should be allowed to retain anyone. This will create enormous interest in Fans who would be curious to know who got who and you see, different combinations and new group of players would bring more interest. Otherwise, it will be pretty boring to see Gayle is playing for Bangalore for the next 20 years or a Dhoni is captaining Chennai for forever. Every six years, there must be Grand Auctions, so that the Interest in this great Tournament will remain; else sooner or later, the death bell will ring.

  • on April 24, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    There should be a rule that every set amount of years(6-8) the team can retain 2 indian players & 2 foreigner players or 1 of each. This way a team doesnt just hog all the talent. Like aman gupta pointed out, a team like pune who joined later did not get to participate from the start & was left with leftovers & paid a higher price for players. Also the whole uncapped player rule is mind boggling, players like rayudu & rahane who even with performances might not get a chance to play for india are scoring runs for only $50k a year while other guys who get a single game can go for $100-300k+ so that rule should be eliminated. While retaining players does build a following, it shouldnt let teams retain all players. As it stands now with teams retaining players, only CSK,MI,RCB seem like they will make finals each year due to their starters & bench players. Needs to be some balance, do away with secret high bids. Bid until you give up on a player!!