‘All domestic players will be auctioned from IPL 6’

“All domestic players will be put under the hammer from the next edition of the tournament,” Shukla said.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2012 2:00 am

Indian Premier League Commissioner Rajiv Shukla has said there will be a review of the IPL rules and all domestic players will be auctioned from the next edition.

“All domestic players will be put under the hammer from the next edition of the tournament,” Shukla said.

The move comes in the wake of Pune Warriors player Mohnish Mishra’s claim in a television sting operation that he was paid Rs 1.45 crore over and above his contracted amount.

Shukla slammed a few fellow parliamentarians like Kirti Azad who sought a ban on the IPL in the light of the recent controversies.

“If 2-3 MPs call for a ban,it can’t be taken as the view of the House. IPL 5 has been very successful and was watched in 192 countries across the world. Hence people are jealous. Will Parliament be closed if some MPs do something wrong? These MPs don’t know the pulse of the people,” he told Headlines Today.

Shukla dismissed Azad’s claim that he was denied of the BCCI’s one-time benefit payment for speaking against the Board and IPL. “Kirti has been getting pension for the past six years. It’s the DDCA which has raised objections after his comments on black money,” the IPL Commissioner said.

Zero tolerance on corruption

He said the Cricket Board has “zero tolerance” on corruption. “We suspended five players which is the evidence of prompt action.”

Shukla also said that a team of the ICC’s Anti-corruption Unit had been keeping a close watch on the players. However,he dismissed the alleged spot-fixing incident involving TP Sudhindra saying that it didn’t happen in the IPL.

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