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Cricket

IPL auction: RCB cries foul, lodges complaint on spending '4 crore more' on Yuvi
PTI
Bangalore, February 12, 2014
First Published: 23:09 IST(12/2/2014)
Last Updated: 08:23 IST(13/2/2014)
Owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Vijay Mallya with TS Sekhar of Delhi Daredevils addressing the press during the IPL Auction 2014 in Bengaluru. (PTI Photo)

Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya on Wednesday lodged an official complaint to the IPL governing council, saying his franchise coughed up Rs. 4 crore more on buying all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on the first day of the players' auction in Bangalore.

RCB had almost bought Yuvraj for Rs. 10 crore when Kolkata Knight Riders joined in the bidding, and eventually the left-handed batsman was sold for Rs. 14 crore to the Bangalore outfit.

Mallya, however, said that the hammer had fallen at Rs. 10 crore for Yuvraj.

"The hammer did go down at Rs. 10 crore. Normally, my understanding is that when the hammer falls down, that's the final," he said.

"We have written to the IPL governing council regarding this. I am hopeful that they (IPL GC) will consider the matter," Mallya told 'Times Now'.

Mallya said he was otherwise satisfied with his team's acquisitions on the first day of the auction.

"I am satisfied with the players we had acquired today. I am happy that we bought Yuvraj," he said.


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