IPL auction 2014 news February 12, 2014

RCB lodge complaint over Yuvraj bid


Vijay Mallya, the owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore, lodged an official protest with the IPL governing council, against the Knight Riders over the Yuvraj Singh bid. Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals made the opening bids for Yuvraj before Mallya raised the paddle to bid at Rs 3.5 crores (approx $583,000). The bid escalated fast and reached the 10-crore mark. However, there was some confusion as the auctioneer apparently failed to notice the paddle raised by Knight Riders.

Knight Riders withdrew their bid at Rs 13.5 crores ($2.25 million) before Mallya raised another Rs 50 lakhs to close the debate.

"For me the hammer went down at 10 crores for Yuvraj Singh," Mallya told Times Now. "We have officially written to the IPL governing council for the decision to be overturned."

Ranjib Biswal, the IPL chairman, confirmed the RCB complaint but said the final decision was that of the auctioneer. "They filed a complaint asking Yuvraj should be given to them at 10 crores and not 14, but we can't do anything now," Biswal said.

Mallya later said that Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers' captain, was "keen" on getting Yuvraj. Along with Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, Royal Challengers now have one of the most star-studded and powerful batting orders in the IPL.

"Virat Kohli, our captain, was very keen on him. That extra Rs 4 crores was somewhat unfortunate, but the auctioneer has the sole discretion," Mallya said. "Everybody saw him look around the room before the hammer fell but he then chose to continue the bidding. So life must go on."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vaib on February 13, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    RCB paid a bomb for Yuvraj, RCB doesnt hav local players... ppl why the hell are u cribbing... they ended up paying so much for Yuvraj was because of the fact that its the cheapest price they could buy him for, anything lesser than this he would not end up in RCB... and RCB not having local players come on guys ppl put in money not for charity... if Vijay has put in money its his choice to buy whats best for his team. Its easy to sit and comment, put in money from your own pocket and then you'll know.

  • Sagar on February 13, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    What more can you expect from a man whose all business ventures are down in dumps. It actually amazes me that RCB and Mr Mallya are throwing in cash like this at the time when employees of his other business concerns have not been paid for months???!!!!

    Btw - those who respectfully call Mr Mallya as Dr Mallya... should know that he did not earn that degree by means of educational merit. It is an honorary degree.

    Gambling and business are two worlds apart. But what he has done is not either business or gambling. This is borderline stupidity.

    Yuvraj maybe worth every penny, but with this sort of money Mr Mallya could have had paid many of his suffering employees. Cricket is definitely being dominated by this Great Indian Tamashaa!

  • soumyas on February 13, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    @Sharan Kumar do u mean by 'yelling' ?

  • Android on February 13, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    money on expired product=nothing

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Why is every one helling at Dr.Vijay Mallya , He knows what he does and his gamble works.He has become such a big business man with his own thinking and he also has the ability to judge the right players for his team.Many say that what has yuvraj performed in previous seasons,I ask you what has gayle performed when he was in kkr ? but today franchises are very keen to get his name in auctions , the same way yuvraj will get his best performance in this season ....... We believe in Dr.Vijay Mallya , Yuvaraj Singh and AAAAAR CEEEEE BEEEEE always .. We Are gonna rock again ...

  • soumyas on February 13, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    14 Cr fro Yuvraj no wonder why kingfisher grounded.

  • soumyas on February 13, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    they would have got Manish pandey, Uthappa, karan sharma, rishi dhawan in the price of Yuvraj Sing...

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    OK PArth , Let time be the better judge !!! Anyways this was the same Yuvraj Singh who scored 72 of 3 5 balls against Australia 5 months ago in that T20 and won the match single handedly , when none of your batsman including your captain was able to score !!! This was he same guy who won you an entire World cup !!!! So why don't you let time decide it

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Crazy selection from RCB. No local players, not even uncapped players. Rahul, Gopal, More, Gautam all gone to other franchises. KSCA stadium will still be full rooting for RCB but mind you local people like me can never get associated to a team which doesn't respect the local talent. When these guys are good to win Ranji & Irani Trophy, they must be good to represent a local franchiser. Shame on you Mallya and Kohli.

  • Android on February 13, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    He did hit sixes and stuff but that long ago. he has already went past his prime and does not seem to be regaining any form at all. His failures went unnoticed in the australian series as we won that one but as soon as we played africa the selectors realised it was time for yuvraj to leave. Alex hsles on other hand AT THE MOMENT is much better than yuvraj singh. I am more than sure that yuvraj singh will fail and RCB is preparing for a heavy loss. I don't know why Virat was keen on getting him. Well doesn't matter virat is all class himself. What yuvraj singh will do is he will come in get out cheaply. Drop catches on the feild which he did in the australian series. You put him on the boundary line, he can't run as fast because of his horrible firness. I am just saying the truth and not over looking the fact that yuvraj singh is going to be a failure.

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