Indian Premier League: Owners Unhappy

Teams want trump cards to be included in five-player retention.


New Delhi:
While there is yet to be an official confirmation on the total number of players that every franchise will be allowed to retain at the auction of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), rumours have been rife that each team will be allowed to retain eight players — five under the retention clause and three via trump cards.

But most of the franchises aren’t happy with the development and they have asked the IPL governing council to reconsider the decision and have forwarded the proposal of restricting the retention — including usage of the trump card — to five players.

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Speaking to Mail Today, an official of one of the IPL teams said that keeping the eight- player rule would be unfair on most of the teams. “See, if you are allowed to retain eight players with the help of the three trump cards, then the core of the teams — especially the teams who have been successful — would remain almost the same."

“And in that case, the whole thought process behind having a fresh auction doesn’t really matter as the top teams will stick to their strength and the teams who haven’t done too well won’t have too many players to pick from, making it a unbalanced playing field,” he said.

Another official echoed his sentiments as he said that teams like Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians would benefit from the eight-player rule and the other teams would be in the same boat, without any major changes.

“What happens is that teams like CSK and MI will not mind as they have a nucleus created and they would be more than happy to stick to the same group. But what about the franchises who want wholesome changes in their team?” he said.

It is learnt that the governing council has seen reason in the argument of the franchises who don’t want the eight-player rule and are most likely to apply the five-player rule — including trump cards.

SA support for Delhi

After a horrid season in 2013, it looks like Delhi Daredevils is looking at South Africans to revive their fortunes ahead of IPL-VII. After appointing Gary Kirsten as the chief coach, they have now roped in Prasanna Agoram as the video analyst — an Indian who is currently involved with the South African national team. Apart from that, the Daredevils have also roped in Rob Walters in place of Trent Woodhill as the fielding coach — hailing from South Africa.

Speaking to Mail Today, TA Sekar said that it was all about helping Kirsten work in a familiar environment.

“It is difficult for the coach to work with people he is not aware of in the IPL. As a result, we decided to give him an open hand in picking the people that he feels he will be comfortable working with,” he said.

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