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Ball set rolling for IPL II

cricket Updated: Dec 17, 2008 23:41 IST
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The run-up to the second edition of the IPL will begin with a month-long players’ trading window opening on December 22 and the auction of players on February 6. While the auction pool will have players who aren’t yet part of the IPL, the transfer window will cater to the players already in the league.

While most of the terms and conditions governing players' regulations will more or less remain the same, the IPL governing council has, however, made one significant change in not allowing temporary replacements from 2009 onwards to cover partial unavailability of a player during the season. The only temporary replacements allowed will be in the situation where a player is completely unavailable for a whole IPL season.

The decision could have bearing on franchisee's decision to buy an international player who's available just for a couple of matches in the absence of the replacement clause. Besides, the franchisee, outside the transfer window and auction pool, could now buy any number of uncapped players. "Outside the auction process but subject to the squad composition rules with respect to overseas players, each franchise will have the option to purchase any number of uncapped new players by a direct agreement," the IPL governing council said.

Moreover, as against $US5 million last season, the franchisee will this time have $US2 million to purchase players though auction or direct agreement. However, there would be no cap on the fee paid to the players acquired though trading window.

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