MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli Suggest Salary Caps for Uncapped Players in IPL
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli Suggest Salary Caps for Uncapped Players in IPL –
The rag to riches story might become a thing of past in the Indian Premier League, as India stars Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have reportedly suggested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to put a salary cap on the uncapped players.
The first ten seasons of the league had seen many relatively unknown players getting bought for mouth-watering amounts. For example, last season, uncapped bowler T Natarajan, who had shot to limelight with his performance in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), was bought for a whopping amount of Rs 3 crore by Kings XI Punjab.
In 2015, Kolkata Knight Riders had secured the services of KC Cariappa, who had not played Ranji Trophy for Karnataka till then, for Rs 2.4 crore.
The Indian Express has reported that Dhoni and Kohli have advised putting a salary cap. The rationale behind it is it has reduced the importance of domestic cricket in the eyes of some players, and consequently, the value of First-Class cricket has reduced too.
“A classic case was Cariappa, who was bought by KKR for Rs 2.4 crore in 2015. He had played a few games in the Karnataka Premier League but hadn’t played for the Karnataka Ranji side. It really sends a wrong message to all first-class players. On one side we have some who play non-stop Ranji Trophy games and earn only 10-12 lakh in an entire season, and here comes a boy who is getting so much. Kohli and Dhoni felt it wasn’t right and BCCI should keep a salary cap on these uncapped players,” a source in the BCCI was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
The report further claimed that Dhoni had expressed his opinions strongly on the issue. Dhoni has plied his trade extensively for Jharkhand in recent times, and it might have prompted the World Cup-winning skipper to take the matter to the board, urging the board to compensate the domestic players well.
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