The upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season is still months away. But the news factory has not stopped pumping. The biggest news was the comeback of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings franchises after two years’ suspension for match-fixing. The owners met on Tuesday to discuss various topics ranging from players’ retention policy, Right To Match, and auction venue. Then something interesting popped up, Mid season IPL 2018 transfer.
There was no consensus on the majority of topics but reports have emerged that changes are in store. The IPL governing council may introduce mid-tournament player transfer window available for franchise owners. This transfer rule allows a player who is not in the playing eleven for the first seven matches of the season, to be transferred if any other franchises show interest.
A BCCI source said “There have been instances where a player gets only a few games, and that too towards the business end of the tournament, or warms the bench throughout the season. A team buys a certain player in the auction but later finds it difficult to accommodate him in the playing XI due to their combination or team balance. This proposal is a win-win situation for players and teams. The idea was discussed in the meeting and all owners/team representatives seemed convinced about it. The modalities will be worked out as soon as the IPL body accepts the proposal”.
However, a decision is yet to be taken. In Tuesday’s meet, the owners unanimously rejected former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly’s proposal of making IPL a 10-team tournament. Including Chennai and Rajasthan, there are only 8 teams in the league. In the absence of the afforementioned, the Gujarat Loins and the Rising Pune Supergiant teams took their place. When Chennai and Rajasthan announced their return, the Gujarat and Pune franchises were dissolved. Ganguly may have been hoping to retain Gujarat and Pune for IPL 2018, sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.
A Mid season IPL 2018 transfer option on the cards could be an interesting proposition if i do say so myself.