The IPL said on Tuesday that each team would now be allowed to keep a purse of $7 million (about Rs 35 crore) to bid for players, up from the prevailing level of $5 million (Rs 23 crore).
“This would mean $70 million (Rs 350 crore) for the 10 teams every year and $210 million (about Rs 1,000 crore) in three years... this will be the single largest auction in sporting world... you see even in art auctions the bids are for a few millions and that too for total ownership.
“In IPL, the amount that the teams would spend on players would be huge for having the contract for just three years,” IPL Commissioner and Chairman Lalit Modi said.
After winning the Pune team with a staggering bid of over Rs 1,700 crore, Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy had suggested that IPL should increase the ceiling on the cap for each team to participate in the auction.
Roy’s acquisition comes in the midst of the third season of IPL, where eight teams are vying for honour in the over month-long tournament. Rendezvous World Sports bagged the Kochi team, taking the total number to 10, which Modi said would remain intact for at least seven years.
Modi said Roy has a long association with cricket India, “he understands the game and his bid, though slightly higher than what he anticipated, proved that IPL has the value.”
The enhanced cap for auctioning would be for three years from IPL season-IV beginning next year, he said, adding that details of the increased ceiling as also the auction programme would be announced shortly after the ongoing tournament.
Hitting back at the sceptics of IPL, he said that doubts were raised right from the time the league was launched.