The BCCI it seems is doing everything it can to prevent under-the-table dealings between domestic cricketers and the Indian Premier League (IPL) team owners.
With the BCCI restricting the maximum payment for those who haven't featured in international cricket in the last five years based on their first-class experience, the franchisees have been offering a lot of perks to some of the top performers in domestic cricket.
As a result, in the last two days, almost a dozen domestic cricketers with multiple approaches have visited the BCCI headquarters to clear the confusion surrounding their IPL team for the fourth edition, starting April 8. IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman asked the players about their preferential franchise in the presence of chairman Chirayu Amin, who had last week said the BCCI will try and be as vigilant as possible in order to prevent underhand dealings.
It was confirmed on Friday that the Kolkata Knight Riders have signed Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman Shreevats Goswami and Haryana's wicketkeeper-batsman Manvinder Bisla. While the former played for Royal Challengers Bangalore for three years, Bisla donned the Deccan Chargers' colours. Sahara Pune Warriors, meanwhile, added more local flavour by roping in opening batsman Dheeraj Jadhav. The Kochi team picked Maharashtra middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav who debut for Delhi Daredevils last year.