Two IPL franchise owners call for holding auctions for next edition in England; suggestion finds no favour

Two IPL team owners on Tuesday floated the idea of having next edition's players' auction in England but the suggestion could not find favour with the majority of the franchises during a meeting with the BCCI in Mumbai.

PTI, November 21, 2017

New Delhi: Two Indian Premier League (IPL) team owners on Tuesday floated the idea of having next edition's players' auction in England but the suggestion could not find favour with the majority of the franchises during a meeting with the BCCI in Mumbai.

A couple of franchise owners suggested England as this will be a big auction with most players back in the pool. AFP

A couple of franchise owners suggested England as this will be a big auction with most players back in the pool. AFP

"Yes, there were discussions whether we could shift this year's auction abroad. A couple of franchise owners suggested England as this will be a big auction with most players back in the pool. However, the majority of the members want it to be held in India," a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

Rajasthan Royals had made a suggestion to do away with retention policy as well as right to match (RTM) while Kings XI Punjab wanted the retention policy to stay at two players.

Most of the other teams wanted anything between three to five (including retention and right to match) while the salary cap would be raised from Rs 60 crore to Rs 75 crore.

It was after a long time that majority of the owners turned up for a discussion over lunch with the IPL governing council members.

"The meeting was well attended. Delhi Daredevils owner GM Rao, Mumbai Indians' Akash Ambani, Kolkata Knight Riders' Shah Rukh Khan and Jay Mehta, Kings XI Punjab's Mohit Burman and Ness Wadia were present. Rajasthan Royals was represented by Manoj Badale while CSK's representative was John George," the official informed.

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, however, did not divulge any information after the meeting got over.

"The meeting went off well. The idea was to invite actual team owners and solicit their views now that 10 years have concluded. Lot of things like retention, salary cap, squad strength were discussed. Majority of the owners want player retention. I think we will be able to finalise the details in a fortnight," Shukla said.

Updated Date: Nov 21, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114