The Indian Premier League has provided entertainment galore not just on the field but even before the start of the season.
A month before the start of every IPL season, the transfer window or the auction as it is called is set-up to help teams purchase and sell players to strengthen their respective teams.
This has seen a number of clubs bid for 5-6 extraordinary players who will help them throughout the season but what about the international stars who are finding it hard to get a chance to play in the competition?
For example, the Sunrisers Hyderabad had Dale Steyn and Trent Boult in their bank last season and rotated the duo well throughout the season. However, they parted ways with the south African and bought in the Bangladesh sensation Mustafizur Rahman for the current season.
The exploits of the young fast bowler have seen the franchise use Mustafizur in every game and with Boult, a similar kind of bowler, also waiting for a chance, it hard to see the New Zealand fast bowler get a look-in in place of his fellow team mate who has been exceptional this season.
The same way, Mumbai Indian’s all-rounder Cory Anderson, who has been unplayable leading into the IPL this season has not had a good look-in this season especially with the injury to Malinga.
With the MI team needing an outright fast bowling all-rounder, Anderson has not been able to cement a place in the squad and is wasted at the moment.
Martin Guptill and unfortunately Dale Steyn are other international stars who are struggling to find a place in the starting XI of their IPL franchise.
This has brought to light the concept of a mid-season transfer window.
Like in football, many pundits of the sport have urged the Indian Premier League officials to sort out a way to schedule a transfer window even in the middle of the season.
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has voiced his support for the idea on social media.
Chopra has posted on Twitter, “Corey & Boult haven’t played…Steyn, Guptill have hardly played. There’s a strong case for a transfer-window during the IPL too.”
Here is his tweet:
Corey & Boult haven’t played…Steyn, Guptill have hardly played. There’s a strong case for a transfer-window during the IPL too.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 2, 2016
Such an innovation in the slam-bang tournament can hardly have an adverse impact on the IPL. Teams like the Rising Pune Supergiants who have been severely hit by injuries will get a chance to splash the cash and get in some quality replacements for their injured players even in the middle of the season.
A loan system is also proposed recently which would allow teams to loan a player for the second half of the season and will move back to his original franchise after the end of the season.
These programs can not only help better the quality of cricket in the tournament but will also help players who are missing out on a place in the starting XI due to the 4-foreign-players rule to get a chance to showcase their skills.
Do you think the IPL should have a mid-season transfer window?