Indian Premier League 2010 January 17, 2010

IPL auction may employ 'silent tiebreaker bid'

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An important question ahead of Tuesday's IPL auction is: If there are equal bids for a player, how do you break the deadlock? After weeks of uncertainty, the league has finally devised a 'silent tiebreaker bid' that, according to the organisers, would end the impasse. The proposal, though, has met with objections from various franchises.

The method may be used in a scenario where a player has attracted the maximum bid - each franchise has a cap of US$750,000 in total to spend at the auction - from more than one franchise. The franchises would then have to put in a separate, additional bid - to which there will be no cap - to break the tie. Whoever submits the higher additional bid will get the player. However, the controversial part is that the additional amount would go to the IPL and not the player.

To simplify the new rule: take an example where two teams are bidding for a player at $750,000. Both would then be asked to submit a fresh bid. In case one of the two submits a new bid of $800,000, the player still receives $750,000 and the additional $50,000 goes to the IPL.

Understandably, the franchises are reluctant to shell out more money, especially when they know the investment would last only till the end of the year. The proposal was suggested to the franchises on Saturday but most of them objected because they strictly do not want to spend more than the $750,000 purse available to them for the auction on January 19.

"Most of the franchises are not at all happy with it and objected to the proposal on the basic principle that the sanctity of the purse must be protected," a franchise official told Cricinfo.

His suggestion, echoed by few other franchises, to resolve the issue was there should be a lucky draw. "If there are equal competing bids, then you draw lots".

However, Lalit Modi, on his Twitter page made it clear that the tie-breaker rule "will be enforced". "It's part of the 2010 IPL auction rules, so anyone not agreeing is a non-issue."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • HJoshi on January 19, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Murtaza83 you are becoming unnecessarily emotional about pak players. They would have become a liability considering the political ties and possibility of government involvment, schedules etc.- franchises do business and they dont want liabilities.

    Yes, Parnell didnt make sense - that should have gone to Shakib Al Hasan. But Brad Haddin with his 2020 average didnt make sense either, but then its likely people wanted allrounders to account for beaten up frontline bowlers in first few overs.

    Its good for Pak cricket anyways - they dont need more 2020s. They need to learn to play Tests.

  • On-Drive on January 19, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    No use of taking these things personal or emotional. This issue is not about India vs. Pakistan. It is purely a business decision and people just don't want to risk their money.

  • AB235 on January 19, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    It is sad that the Indian government is leaving Cricket in unsafe hands. CAG must take this issue, stop financial dominance of the Board and IPL on the game and take it over and pass it to a safer association to run the game.

    Else, the Board should be stopped from representing "India" as no one private board can own the National team.

    BCCI and IPL are putting the game into disrepute - highest level of punishment is due under any Code of Conduct.

  • ABP235 on January 19, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    All of the IPL is ridiculous anyway, so what more one needs to say about just one part of it - the tiebreaker in an auction? As IT dept has stated, the cricket board (& IPL for that matter) are there for money, not cricket. Otherwise, what is so great about one player to be bid by 4 franchisees at the highest rate and then cry foul on a rule? Havent we seen in the last two IPLs, the guys with big billings were the losers, or non performers. Kallis in the first year, Steyn in both years, KP, Flintoff, Lee.. Our Manish Pandey has performed greater than so many big hitters! Its strange that many talented young lads available at low prices were not picked at all. Bresnan & Swann to name just two. Then there was a strange story of Adrian Barath being picked outside the auction for $75,000!! If this is possible, then why the auction? by the way, beauty Preity has made this great purchase for Punjab. Its a thriller going to be for KXIP with Barath & Yuvraj.

  • Quazar on January 19, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    I'm an Indian fan...and I'm terribly disappointed to see that none of the franchises bid for Pakistani players. I understand the risk of their unavailability (in case relations between the countries deteriorate again), but what happened today unfortunately sends out the wrong message...that extremism and violence trumps cricket and the hope for peace. People to people contact should not stop...I mean we currently have Pakistani musicians performing in Mumbai...why should Pakistani players who want to play for Indian teams be treated differently? Very unfortunate.

  • Munsta101 on January 19, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    It is quite amazing that no Pakistani players were picked. I would have liked to see some sort of table indicating the amount of IPL games each individual player would be available for - taking into consideration their international commitments.

    The IPL runs from 12 March - 25 April. As far as I can see the only two teams playing during that time are NZ and Australia, and even they are finished by April. That will explain why Pontings contract was bought out and why Bond was such an attractive buy now that he has retired from Test cricket again. But why wouldn't franchises want Pakistani players? Would their fans turn their back on them - surely not. It must be something political - of which I am no expert.

    Afridi not bought - that I do not understand.

  • Murtaza83 on January 19, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Quite ridiculous here, Modi is on a crazy power trip. Everyone can see whats happening here and modi knows theres nothing we can do about it. Really, someone needs to take a stand here. I've been following the auction too, no Pakistani players picked. I cant take that to be a coincidence. You cant tell me that no one wants to pick either of the two best bowlers (gul and afridi) in the short history of this format but are ready to shell out $610,000 for wayne parnell.

  • Edassery on January 19, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    That additional bid money must be going to Modi himself... As per the latest advanced tax paid list, he is the highest individual tax payer in India - thanks to IPL.

  • dibbu on January 19, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    players need to unionize, asap.

  • sahil_cricrazy on January 18, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    BCCI is a shameless body which can to ny extent for the sake of money and uses it's power and clout in an unaccountable manner.I remember once over a broadcasting dispute BCCI put across the argument that it's the BCCI for whom the players are playing not for INDIA....utterly shameless and greedy vultures.The treatment it meted out to the great Kapil who while receiving ' Indian Cricketer of the Century' award said that he's played for INDIA not for the BCCI gives a slap on BCCI's face.But ofcourse they are taking as much advantage they can take us of our passion for cricket as they can and filling their coffers.Instead of cricketers politicians are running the game because they are attracted by immnense money in the game and making a hey while the sun is shining....

  • HJoshi on January 19, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    Murtaza83 you are becoming unnecessarily emotional about pak players. They would have become a liability considering the political ties and possibility of government involvment, schedules etc.- franchises do business and they dont want liabilities.

    Yes, Parnell didnt make sense - that should have gone to Shakib Al Hasan. But Brad Haddin with his 2020 average didnt make sense either, but then its likely people wanted allrounders to account for beaten up frontline bowlers in first few overs.

    Its good for Pak cricket anyways - they dont need more 2020s. They need to learn to play Tests.

  • On-Drive on January 19, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    No use of taking these things personal or emotional. This issue is not about India vs. Pakistan. It is purely a business decision and people just don't want to risk their money.

  • AB235 on January 19, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    It is sad that the Indian government is leaving Cricket in unsafe hands. CAG must take this issue, stop financial dominance of the Board and IPL on the game and take it over and pass it to a safer association to run the game.

    Else, the Board should be stopped from representing "India" as no one private board can own the National team.

    BCCI and IPL are putting the game into disrepute - highest level of punishment is due under any Code of Conduct.

  • ABP235 on January 19, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    All of the IPL is ridiculous anyway, so what more one needs to say about just one part of it - the tiebreaker in an auction? As IT dept has stated, the cricket board (& IPL for that matter) are there for money, not cricket. Otherwise, what is so great about one player to be bid by 4 franchisees at the highest rate and then cry foul on a rule? Havent we seen in the last two IPLs, the guys with big billings were the losers, or non performers. Kallis in the first year, Steyn in both years, KP, Flintoff, Lee.. Our Manish Pandey has performed greater than so many big hitters! Its strange that many talented young lads available at low prices were not picked at all. Bresnan & Swann to name just two. Then there was a strange story of Adrian Barath being picked outside the auction for $75,000!! If this is possible, then why the auction? by the way, beauty Preity has made this great purchase for Punjab. Its a thriller going to be for KXIP with Barath & Yuvraj.

  • Quazar on January 19, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    I'm an Indian fan...and I'm terribly disappointed to see that none of the franchises bid for Pakistani players. I understand the risk of their unavailability (in case relations between the countries deteriorate again), but what happened today unfortunately sends out the wrong message...that extremism and violence trumps cricket and the hope for peace. People to people contact should not stop...I mean we currently have Pakistani musicians performing in Mumbai...why should Pakistani players who want to play for Indian teams be treated differently? Very unfortunate.

  • Munsta101 on January 19, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    It is quite amazing that no Pakistani players were picked. I would have liked to see some sort of table indicating the amount of IPL games each individual player would be available for - taking into consideration their international commitments.

    The IPL runs from 12 March - 25 April. As far as I can see the only two teams playing during that time are NZ and Australia, and even they are finished by April. That will explain why Pontings contract was bought out and why Bond was such an attractive buy now that he has retired from Test cricket again. But why wouldn't franchises want Pakistani players? Would their fans turn their back on them - surely not. It must be something political - of which I am no expert.

    Afridi not bought - that I do not understand.

  • Murtaza83 on January 19, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Quite ridiculous here, Modi is on a crazy power trip. Everyone can see whats happening here and modi knows theres nothing we can do about it. Really, someone needs to take a stand here. I've been following the auction too, no Pakistani players picked. I cant take that to be a coincidence. You cant tell me that no one wants to pick either of the two best bowlers (gul and afridi) in the short history of this format but are ready to shell out $610,000 for wayne parnell.

  • Edassery on January 19, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    That additional bid money must be going to Modi himself... As per the latest advanced tax paid list, he is the highest individual tax payer in India - thanks to IPL.

  • dibbu on January 19, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    players need to unionize, asap.

  • sahil_cricrazy on January 18, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    BCCI is a shameless body which can to ny extent for the sake of money and uses it's power and clout in an unaccountable manner.I remember once over a broadcasting dispute BCCI put across the argument that it's the BCCI for whom the players are playing not for INDIA....utterly shameless and greedy vultures.The treatment it meted out to the great Kapil who while receiving ' Indian Cricketer of the Century' award said that he's played for INDIA not for the BCCI gives a slap on BCCI's face.But ofcourse they are taking as much advantage they can take us of our passion for cricket as they can and filling their coffers.Instead of cricketers politicians are running the game because they are attracted by immnense money in the game and making a hey while the sun is shining....

  • anObserver on January 18, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    It is the right of the player to get the extra money being spent by franchise on his buy out in the auction process. The rules like this to make the money higher than the maximum level to go to IPL's sponserers is a dirty trick to earn more money by modi and company and should be stopped at once.

  • CiMP on January 18, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    If they insist on the bid to break the deadlock which in itself is fair and at teh same time not let the highest price to the player (inexplicable!) let the extra money go to the Indian non-Test players! Someone has suggested tl let teh player himself decide - thats a good suggestion - but I dont see how any player wd want to make such a choice and spoil his PR image!

  • justincredible29 on January 18, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Only in India can an organisation holding millions of "auction" money be termed a charitable organisation.And all charitable organisations must have their earnings/ expenses in the public domain. I have been told that in India 85 pct of the income earned by these charitable organisations have to be spent in the same year on the aims & objects of the organisation and the balance 15 pct within 5 years.

    If the bids are over 750k then the player together with a representative of the franchisee should be the ones deciding how this extra money should be spent- see how Steve Waugh has started a Trust in Kolkutta and other players have also done so- Mr Modi & Co must not have anything to do with this extra money.

    50K USD will go a long way to help the poor n the suffering in India where the poor are becoming poorer which the rich are becoming richer.

    Is this not a suggestion worth considering by the Franchisees.

  • MVSegar on January 18, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    this is rubbish,lalit modi is making a mockery out of the game,the stars and now the franchises,who would be happy to give that bid amount to modi for free,just for his own benefits modi is starting to dictate terms now...

  • Bytheway on January 18, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    What next? Will this lead to Modi taking a cut from all the players salaries? Modi is a businessman who has to keep expanding his business model to include more income streams. He is compulsive about it. The IPL players should form a union straightaway.

  • Xtermin8 on January 18, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    This is the strangest thing I have ever heard, but after all this is India and it is the IPL. It almost sounds like a legal "bribe to the IPL" might as well call it a "silent bribe" :) Lets face it, if the bids are locked at 750k, and a tie breaker bid to end the dead lock, would sound a little rational, almost like negotiating blindly where the franchises final bid, really prices the player based on how much they really want them. But as soon as you ask for the higher bid to go into the administrators (IPL) pockets, that sounds like some sort of a black market dealing for the player, and gives the sentiments the player is not what is valued any more, if they ever were valued that is, given the fact they are auctions like some piece meat in the first place. Such great marketing potential is this great game of cricket, sad it is not being treated the same way.

  • RahulWadia on January 18, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    This is total absurd... the suggestion made my Modi and Companions... Ideally they should donate the extra amount to the needy which they did brilliantly in SouthAfrica during the last IPL... I just dont understand... Is IPL part of BCCI or Modiz own business :)... Is there gonna be any change in the leadership or throught its gonna be Modiz one man show... Are they doing much to the game with all these profits or just gonna buy additional Maybach and Porsche or new bungalow and estates... This is pure business and cricket is the last thing on their cards...

  • Deb_Rockstars on January 18, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Just another example of Mr. Modi's 'Brilliance'...after all,as it is with everything in IPL, It has to be win-win situation for him in all circumstances...and so it is here too...Extra money goes to IPL & not the player! They could just set up some fund for improvement of facilities/ help the groundsmen with that money...that effectively puts the money into the system. Or How about an " IPL center of Excellence " for young players ?

  • JBSA on January 18, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Why can't they let the players choose the team when its a tie?

  • Rony312 on January 18, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    All this money thing is making me crazy ! Why can't they just donate the extra money to some school or charity like they did in SA ? I m sure the Franchises will also be happy about it as it presents an opputunity for tax diminution...

  • wanderer1 on January 18, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    #Money, money, money, it's so funny, it makes the world go round.#

    Is this what the concept of the snake eating its own tail looks like in real life?

  • aditya.chv on January 17, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    This is just the greed of Modi and Co being shown again.It would be better if the player gets the money rather than the IPL.When people can bid over the certain amount then why put a cap on the player bids at only $750k when it was $2 Million last year.Does Afridi not deserve more than a Pietersen or a Pollard not deserve more than a Flintoff.Again the high profile players will be brought by the big names(moneywise) like RCB and MI

    possible solutions: either increase the cap or give the players the money they deserve.

    And it is not clear how the fresh bid will be submitted.Is it a closed and secret bid ?

  • Xahir on January 17, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    stupid rule! absolutely no sense ..why player has to suffer because of it?

  • xylo on January 17, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    of course, the BCCI is a charitable institution. they should be the ones to get the additional money.

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  • xylo on January 17, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    of course, the BCCI is a charitable institution. they should be the ones to get the additional money.

  • Xahir on January 17, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    stupid rule! absolutely no sense ..why player has to suffer because of it?

  • aditya.chv on January 17, 2010, 22:02 GMT

    This is just the greed of Modi and Co being shown again.It would be better if the player gets the money rather than the IPL.When people can bid over the certain amount then why put a cap on the player bids at only $750k when it was $2 Million last year.Does Afridi not deserve more than a Pietersen or a Pollard not deserve more than a Flintoff.Again the high profile players will be brought by the big names(moneywise) like RCB and MI

    possible solutions: either increase the cap or give the players the money they deserve.

    And it is not clear how the fresh bid will be submitted.Is it a closed and secret bid ?

  • wanderer1 on January 18, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    #Money, money, money, it's so funny, it makes the world go round.#

    Is this what the concept of the snake eating its own tail looks like in real life?

  • Rony312 on January 18, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    All this money thing is making me crazy ! Why can't they just donate the extra money to some school or charity like they did in SA ? I m sure the Franchises will also be happy about it as it presents an opputunity for tax diminution...

  • JBSA on January 18, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Why can't they let the players choose the team when its a tie?

  • Deb_Rockstars on January 18, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Just another example of Mr. Modi's 'Brilliance'...after all,as it is with everything in IPL, It has to be win-win situation for him in all circumstances...and so it is here too...Extra money goes to IPL & not the player! They could just set up some fund for improvement of facilities/ help the groundsmen with that money...that effectively puts the money into the system. Or How about an " IPL center of Excellence " for young players ?

  • RahulWadia on January 18, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    This is total absurd... the suggestion made my Modi and Companions... Ideally they should donate the extra amount to the needy which they did brilliantly in SouthAfrica during the last IPL... I just dont understand... Is IPL part of BCCI or Modiz own business :)... Is there gonna be any change in the leadership or throught its gonna be Modiz one man show... Are they doing much to the game with all these profits or just gonna buy additional Maybach and Porsche or new bungalow and estates... This is pure business and cricket is the last thing on their cards...

  • Xtermin8 on January 18, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    This is the strangest thing I have ever heard, but after all this is India and it is the IPL. It almost sounds like a legal "bribe to the IPL" might as well call it a "silent bribe" :) Lets face it, if the bids are locked at 750k, and a tie breaker bid to end the dead lock, would sound a little rational, almost like negotiating blindly where the franchises final bid, really prices the player based on how much they really want them. But as soon as you ask for the higher bid to go into the administrators (IPL) pockets, that sounds like some sort of a black market dealing for the player, and gives the sentiments the player is not what is valued any more, if they ever were valued that is, given the fact they are auctions like some piece meat in the first place. Such great marketing potential is this great game of cricket, sad it is not being treated the same way.

  • Bytheway on January 18, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    What next? Will this lead to Modi taking a cut from all the players salaries? Modi is a businessman who has to keep expanding his business model to include more income streams. He is compulsive about it. The IPL players should form a union straightaway.