‘Aaron was late in sending documents’

Aaron’s name, will however, be included in the final list of players that will be distributed to the IPL franchises in the first week of February.

New Delhi: After the IPL committee erroneously added Pinal Shah’s name in the list of capped players, the absence of fast bowler Varun Aaron’s name in the list raised eyebrows too.

While some felt that it was another typographical error on IPL’s part, others thought that he wants to save himself from the rigours of T20 cricket — having just returned to the national team after a two- year injury-induced break.Varun Aaron: Late, but no harm done.

But it has been learnt that the Jharkhand pacer failed to submit the required documents in time to the IPL committee and that resulted in his name not appearing on the capped players’ list that was distributed to the eight franchises.

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“Aaron is very much keen on playing in IPL-VII. It is just that he submitted the required documents after the last date and that resulted in his name being omitted from the current list. He finished his paperwork on January 27 and the list was prepared on January 25. But the issue has been sorted out,” a source close to Aaron told MAIL TODAY.

A senior IPL official confirmed that it wasn’t a big issue and Aaron’s name would be included in the final list of players that will be distributed to the franchises in the first week of February.

“See, initially the franchises are asked to provide the IPL with a list of players that they feel should be a part of the auction. Once the franchises send in their list, the IPL committee sits down and checks if all the players are available."

“After this, an official list of capped players are sent to the franchises. This list isn’t the final list as a few names are further added. While some end up submitting their documents after the last date, others make themselves available as an afterthought. So after adding those names, a final list is given to the teams a few days before the auction. Only after the final list is prepared that no player can be added,” he told MAIL TODAY.

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