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Fleming bats for transfer windows, retention

cricket Updated: May 28, 2013 01:08 IST
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Stephen Fleming articulated the Alex Ferguson mantra for success in sport, only he did it in an accent easier to follow than the gum-chewing ‘Guvnor from Govan’. Continuity usually fetches results, said the CSK coach after finishing runners-up for the second straight year in the Indian Twenty20 league.

It also helps build a competition, develop a style of play and forge relationships, he said.

To that end, Fleming said he would rather the league has more transfer windows instead of the rule in 2011 that four players (including three Indians) can be retained with the rest being put up for auction every three years.

That may be more conducive for players and teams, said the former New Zealand skipper who's been with the franchise since the competition started in 2008.

In that time, CSK have won twice and played five of the six finals of this tournament.

Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians had both retained four capped players going into the auction in 2011.

Loyalty pays
“The franchise had bought well but we also had a strategy right from the outset that we're going to be loyal to players.

“That became apparent while going into the auction in the fourth year (2011) when we retained about 95% of our players. We are very lucky to build a team in six years. I think it has shown benefits in tough times,” Fleming had said before Sunday’s final.

There will be no shift in policy ahead of the 2014 auctions as far as he is concerned.

“Well, I would like to retain…. Six or seven or four… the more the better for me, just because of what it does for the competition. It allows fans to identify with key players. It allows the team to develop some relationships, not only within the team but around the area. I think it's important that we reward the fans by keeping some of the main players,” he said.

And the style of play is easier from a coaching point of view, he said.

“Chopping and changing players becomes hard next year when you have got a completely different team where you got (MS) Dhoni playing somewhere else, (Suresh) Raina somewhere else. And you can also bank on a developmental programme. I would see no point spending time with the young Indians if I knew they were going to be traded somewhere else.”