IPL Franchises Divided After Governing Council Allows Them to Retain At least 3 Players
After missing out two seasons due to their owner’s involvement in betting scandal issues, Chennai Super Kings is all set to return to IPL 11 slated to be held in 2018.
Even though CSK fans rejoice retaining favourite son Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of the Gala Auction, the decision of the Governing Council, to allow the franchises to retain one batsman and two foreign players, hasn’t gone down well with some of the franchises. They feel that the retention policy destroys the whole idea of calling it the ‘mega auction’.
“We are not too convinced with the idea because retention kills the chances of the big names being available for auction. Also, the whole idea of the auction came from the transfer window in football. And if you look at them, every player is free to move to whichever club they feel like according to their preference and the financial offers. If retention is applicable even in the mega-auction, then what sort of a fresh auction is it? We will surely bring this matter up with others owners and the GC during the workshop. As of now, we would like to believe that the old decision stands and all players will be available at the auction,” an official of one of the bottom-placed sides during the previous IPL was quoted as saying by CricketNext.
However, one official among one of the former winning franchises said that the IPL is as much about as it about loyalty towards the fans. Dhoni leads Chennai Super Kings for the first eight years before the franchise was suspended for a couple of years. The official felt that it would have been slightly harsh if the teams were asked to create a fresh team altogether.
“An integral part of the IPL is creating fan base and loyalty among fans in the different cities. To now suddenly think that after all these years, you would suddenly have a Gautam Gambhir turning up for a different franchise and not Kolkata Knight Riders, or a Virat Kohli not leading Royal Challengers Bangalore out onto the park is a bit awkward for the fans. To be fair, Gambhir means KKR just like Kohli means RCB or say Rohit Sharma means Mumbai Indians. While the number of retentions can surely be worked out, a couple would actually help keep the fan base intact,” the official told CricketNext.
The Governing Council on Tuesday had proposed the idea of allowing franchisees to retain at least three players including one Indian and two foreigners.
“We are going to propose minimum 3 retentions – 1 Indian and 2 foreigners. The players, who played for Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions in the last two years can be retained by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. We will place it in front of owners during a workshop next month,” an IPL GC member said following the meeting.
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