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Jaspal Bhatti's Club conducts "auctioning of players"

In his usual satirical way, Jaspal Bhatti's 'Nonsense Club' on Saturday organised a mock auction of hockey, football and kabaddi players and other atheletes to "corporatise and industralise" the rest of sports on the pattern of cricket.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2008 18:44 IST

In his usual satirical way, Jaspal Bhatti's 'Nonsense Club' on Saturday organised a mock auction of hockey, football and kabaddi players and other atheletes to "corporatise and industralise" the rest of sports on the pattern of cricket.

The mock Sports Mandi was aimed at drawing attention of corporates and industrialists towards other sports, which were in bad shape, after BCCI-sponsored Indian Premier League conducted auction of cricketers in Mumbai for the upcoming Twenty20 event earlier this week, Bhatti told reporters here.

"Our club will organise a (mock) sports mandi in all districts to trade in sportspersons. The motto will be play games for gambling not for health. Every player should be treated like a commodity...," he said adding that the minimum bid will start from Rs 50 for a hockey player, Rs 30 for a football player and Rs 20 for a kabaddi player.

Bhatti, who was accompanied by other members of his Club including wife Savita, said subjects of gambling, auctioning and 'sattebazi' should be introduced at the primary level.

All the players should be listed on stock market as commodities so that the common man could also invest in them. The Sports Ministry should make auctioning halls in all the districts instead of maintaining sports grounds, he said.

Those players who are not able to sell themselves will be barred from representing their nation in international games, Bhatti said.