All eyes will be on the developments in the two-day workshop for the Indian Premier League owners to be held in Singapore from Thursday. Apart from having a meeting with all the team owners, the IPL Governing Council members will put their heads together on the opening day to decide on the player retention policy for the coming seasons.
The franchisees were free to retain four players (a maximum of three Indians and two foreigners) till the last edition. However, it is learnt that the majority of the teams are keen to be allowed to retain more players so that it doesn’t affect the nucleus of their sides while helping them retain their identities.
The policy in this regard will depend on the governing body as franchisees can only suggest. It is learnt that the GC is likely to agree to the teams’ request for retaining more players. It doesn’t affect the teams that don’t want to retain their players as they will have a bigger purse at their disposal in the auction.
Apart from players’ auction, important issues like the code of conduct for players and owners, and rules and regulations are likely to come up in the workshop.
The workshop will start with a meeting of the owners and there is lot of interest over who will represent Chennai Super Kings. Till the last season, Gurunath Meiyappan was CSK’s representative for such meetings, but he is out of favour after the betting controversy.
Also, keeping in view a proposal to throw uncapped players into the auction pool, suggestions are likely to be made to increase the teams’ purse for the next edition. The total purse for each team was $5 million in the inaugural season, which increased to $12.5 million by the time the cash-rich league reached the sixth edition.
“Once domestic uncapped players come into the auction, the teams’ purse has to be increased. Earlier, we had three slabs for uncapped players depending on their experience in domestic cricket but things will change once they get into the auction pool,” said a franchise official.
Sources claimed franchisees also want a cap on the domestic players’ expenditure at the auction to keep a check on their prices.
Corruption in the league, especially after the last edition, is also on top of the agenda and franchisees will be asked to put forth their views to keep the event clean.