Players retention policy in IPL to be modified: report

If the changes are implemented then marquee players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and David Warner could all go under the hammer.

Players retention policy in IPL to be modified: report

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could make changes to the retention policy and throw all the players in the auction for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2017.

In a three-year contract signed in 2014, all teams can retain five cricketers and keep the sixth player by practicing the right to match the highest bid for him at the yearly auction.

According to a report in TOI, most of the franchises want this rule to be modified and have suggested that all players should go under the hammer in order to restore balance and make the league more competitive.

Reportedly, the franchises have also demanded that every team should be given "five matching cards", which would give them the right to match the bid amounts of maximum of five of their team players for retaining them.

The report says the teams have stated that this would allow them the trouble of agreeing to the players' tantrums over salary and will eventually minimise the practice of paying the players 'under the table'.

If the changes are implemented then marquee players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and David Warner could all go under the hammer.

The report, quoting sources, said that the suggestion will be discussed by BCCI officials. It also added that some teams are in favour of continuing with the existing policy of retaining five players. Meanwhile, some teams also want to retain more than six players to maintain team bonding and continuity.

The proposal is in initial stage and more meetings will be conducted between the team owners and the BCCI officials, the report said.

In 2014, the BCCI was in favour of allowing eight cricketers to be retained by every team. However, the board was forced to trim down the number following protests by several teams.

However, the original agreement signed by the BCCI and team owners in 2008, all the players were supposed to be auctioned after three years. But the rule was ammended in 2011 which allowed the teams to retain four players with a maximum of three domestic players.



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