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Official arm-twisting players

cricket Updated: Jan 14, 2011 02:18 IST

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Close on the heels of Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey's travails with his erstwhile team, two other uncapped players are under pressure to sign for a powerful franchise in IPL4. While Pandey has upset Royal Challengers Bangalore by keeping them in suspense over his joining them, another southern franchise is arm-twisting a left-arm spinner and a flamboyant batsman, who can keep wickets, and with a strike rate of 144 in IPL III. Both the players have received an SMS from a senior Indian cricket board official, warning them of severe consequences if they negotiate with any other franchisee.

"We are keeping a close watch as it is a very complex situation. But at the end of the day, the player should have the final say.

Franchises have full rights to scout for players in their catchment area, but uncapped players have the right of choice," said Niranjan Shah, a member of the GC. Some of the franchisees are livid with the GC rule on uncapped players since they do not have a strong catchment area to scout for players.