If you are an IPL fan you would be aware that two of your favorite teams are back in the game. Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are back in the 11th season of the IPL and will be featuring in the tournament after a ban of 2 years. But what could be sad news for the fans is that the teams might not get a chance to retain their old players including the icons.
The build-up to the ‘Big Indian Premier League’ player auction began in earnestness on Tuesday 21st November when the team owners met with the governing council. It is pretty apparent that fans have begun to associate certain players with specific teams, such as Virat Kohli with Royal Challengers Bangalore, or Rohit Sharma with Mumbai Indians. If these partnerships are broken up, it could impact fan following for these teams and even the league.
Reports suggest that representatives of CSK, as well as RR, requested for them to be given first right over players that were contracted with them prior to their suspension.
If the request is approved by the governing council, then it would pave the way for CSK to get star player MS Dhoni back in their ranks along with local hero R Ashwin. For RR, it will help them procure services of their former stars such as Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith, among others.
‘If they wish to secure the services of their old stars, they can very well bid for them in the auction. There is no restriction on them to bid for anyone there”, said the IPL management committee.
The request was rightfully opposed by the other teams. The final decision lies with the governing council and one hopes they set the right precedent.
In the past, a right-to-match option was provided to teams in the auction prior to IPL 7 in 2014. It gives the teams the opportunity to retain their old players by matching the final auction price.