G Sampath, in his blog in Daily News and Analysis, says the player retention option gave Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings an unfair advantage over other IPL teams, particularly the two new ones.

Just look at the facts and figures: MI retained Tendulkar, Harbhajan, Pollard and Malinga for $4.5 mn, while Kolkata Knight Riders had to shell out exactly the same amount, $4.5 mn, for just two players: Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan. If all the players had been thrown into the auction pool, as ideally should have been done, how much do you think MI would have had to shell out for Sachin, Pollard, Bhajji and Malinga? Or CSK for Dhoni, Raina, Vijay and Albie Morkel?

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo