Cricket expert and commentator Harsha Bhogle have come all in favour of as many as five player retentions for the eleventh edition of widely-acclaimed Indian Premier League (IPL) while adding the fans have had played a significant role when it comes to the professional leagues apart from the top flight cricket.
The familiar voice in cricket in India, Bhogle added, such platform plays an imperative role in converting the youngsters into prominent faces in the gentleman’s game, as he further stated five players as ‘mandatory’ for the different franchises.
“Pick young players (and) convert them into match winners and that’s what all great teams do and that’s why I am a fan of retentions. I think five is a minimum that you must have for retention,” Bhogle revealed in a Cricbuzz video capsule.
As the next edition will be beginning in the first quarter of 2018, Bhogle believes there has been already abuzz about the retentions and the major overhauling of the league after the completion of the tenth edition of the Twenty20 league in 2017.
Bhogle asserted the Royal Challengers Bangalore must be having Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers as he further revealed MS Dhoni had been the first-choice of the Chennai Super Kings.
“At the core of all organized leagues across the world, is the fan connect (and) people identify with teams and they identify with players,” Bhogle revealed.
Moreover, defending champions Mumbai Indians would have Rohit Sharma, in a bid to maintain the connection of the die-hard fans of the eight different outfits, according to Bhogle.
“There’s a reason I say that (because) some teams have made very good choices, but even more than that there has to be fan connect,” Bhogle maintained.
While having the liking for the cash-rich league auction, Bhogle further remarked the teams should focus more on the development of the players and encourage the promising youngsters to excel in the shortest format of the cricket.
“I like the auction, but increasingly I think the auction must become less and less important to allow teams to grow players and yeah nurture them,” Bhogle asserted.
Moreover, Bhogle reiterated teams are looking forward to strengthening the squads as some teams don’t believe in retentions while reflecting the teams subsequently rely on ‘match players’ according to the situations prevail during the different fixtures taking place in the nutshell.
“I’ notice that some teams don’t want retentions at all some want some retentions… some right to match players and while I agree that you need to equalize strengths again,” Bhogle added.
However, Bhogle didn’t agree the core players would always fetch the desired result for a team while setting a fresh example of Dhaka Dynamites which is an outfit in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Dynamites has availed the stars players and managed to win four fixtures out of seven games they have played so far in the fifth edition of BPL.
Bhogle wants to see teams picking the skilled cricketers to make a much-needed difference while observing the youngsters have been doing well owing to the list of quality players in the domestic fold of the shortest version of the game.
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