BCCI To Introduce Open Player Auction Next Year!

IPL 2018 will mark the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League after having served two year suspensions for their involvement in 2013 spot-fixing saga.

However, speculations are rife whether all players will be included in the auction or there will be a retention policy. Rajiv Shukla quoted that since there is time for the auctions, nothing is decided. However, he did confirm that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions will not be returning in IPL 2018 and CSK and RR will take their place.

Also Read:- IPL 2018, Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions won’t get extension: Rajeev Shukla

This means that each and every player will go in to auctions and franchises will have to fight it out there in the auction room to get their star players back.

In an interview to Times of India, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta revealed said that all the franchise owners have been informed about open auctions. Zinta said that she welcomes this decision by Board of Control for Cricket in India. However, she also added that, there is no problem with KXIP’s current squad and she is very happy with how things are shaping for them this season.

“It was meant to be an open auction without retention. We have been told about it. I will welcome it if BCCI decides to go for an open auction. It doesn’t mean that I am not happy with my team. I think, we have a great team. The teams which are doing well are the ones where the young Indian players are performing,” Preity Zinta was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Praising Kings XI Punjab’s mentor’s role, Zinta said that Sehwag is an unbelievable coach and he has a super cricketing brain.

“We have an unbelievable coach in Virender Sehwag. He is dynamic, helpful and extremely chilled out. He also has a super cricketing brain which makes him a very special coach. When we played the Mumbai game, the fans were shouting at the top of their voice when Sehwag came out on the field. The atmosphere was electric. Similarly, the fans in Mohali cheered for AB de Villiers last year. It is fun seeing how the Indian fans appreciate good cricket,” Preity Zinta said.

If an open auction takes place, we could see many new team pairing happen. For instance, we could see Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina playing for Rajasthan Royals and Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Bumrah playing for CSK. The possibilities are endless and it would certainly bring in freshness to the IPL which has seen players like Kohli and Harbhajan playing for one franchise for 10 years now.

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