There have been several speculations about next year’s auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL). While there was a rumor of all the players going under the hammer, others reckoned that the franchises will be allowed to retain a certain number of players like it used to happen in previous auctions.
As per the recent reports, it’s now almost certain that the retention policy will be in place once again. It’s yet to be announced how many players the franchises will be allowed to retain.
The top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the retention policy to Times of India. “The retention policy would be there in all possibility. This is what the majority of franchises want. The only issue we need to thrash out is the number of players who can be retained. We need to work out whether it would be three or five players. For this very purpose, we have called the meeting of franchise owners on November 21 in Mumbai,” he said.
“The players would be given the option to decide over continuing with respective franchises or joining the auction pool. It will depend solely on them. Even if a franchise decides to open up its purse for a particular player, it can’t do so against his wishes. If a player has made up his mind to go under the hammer, no one can stop him. He will stay back only if he’s satisfied with the new offer his franchise is making,” he added.
CSK and RR will have the first choice
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who had served a 2-year ban, will be making a comeback from next year. The board official stated that these two teams will have the first preference for their previous players.
“The first preference would always remain with RR and CSK. The IPL GC had been clear about it from the beginning. But if these players want to go to the auction pool, then these two franchises can’t do anything about it,” he concluded.