Former IPL COO Sunder Raman has recently revealed as to how did the idea of auctioning the players in the Indian Premier League was adopted and brought into consideration. Sunder Raman has a very interesting anecdote to narrate as he also revealed as to how many people were actually involved behind the scenes when the cash-rich league began.
The Indian Premier League began in the year 2008 becoming the first T20 franchise league tournament across the world. What followed was records, runs, trophies, splendid amount of money, and a hub of world-class superstars, Today, it stands as the most followed, the most successful and the most wealthy T20 tournament in the world.
However, even before IPL began, a lot of things had to be planned out and one of them was how to allocate players to different franchises. Now, Sunder Raman has revealed as to how it was done.
Sunder Raman Reveals How IPL Auctions Came Into Force
“The player auction almost came as a part of an evening tea conversation while we were doing a thousand other things. We had sold the franchises, we had the venues confirmed, now it was left to on how do we get the players rostered into different teams,” Raman said during the show 22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapur on Oaktree Sports’ YouTube channel.
“The only thing sure was the marquee players, who were assigned to a set of franchises. There was Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai, Virender Sehwag for Delhi, Yuvraj Singh for Punjab, Sourav Ganguly for Kolkata. But MS Dhoni was without a home,” Raman said.
“The challenge was one of those conversations where the question was how do we make the franchises take on the players? One of the franchises, I don’t remember who it was, said ‘why don’t we auction them?’ After two minutes of deliberation I said ‘good idea, it will generate a lot of consumer interest’. And that decided that” he explained.
Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future
IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.
On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors. However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.
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