Of salary caps and IPL’s charm

Rahul Dravid has urged that a system needs to be in place where every IPL franchise sticks to the salary caps.

Written by Bharat Sundaresan | Mumbai | Published: May 16, 2013 2:56:07 am

Rahul Dravid has urged that a system needs to be in place where every IPL franchise sticks to the salary caps. Dravid was asked about retention of players next season and the major concern IPL had to deal with every time,that of uncapped players. There had been reports earlier how some of the IPL franchises offered some domestic players amounts way in excess of their salary cap.

There were murmurs too of some franchises paying money under the table and gifting luxurious cars to buy out uncapped players in the team.

“I think one thing you have to ensure is that every team sticks to the salary caps. That’s a critical thing in this tournament. Why the IPL succeeds in some ways is that any one of the eight or nine teams can actually do well. If you reach a situation,and we are getting closer and closer to that,where in all the resources are with the big teams like in the English Premier League then I think the IPL will lose its charm. One of the charms of this competition has been the success of teams like the Sunrisers and the Rajasthan Royals,” Dravid told The Indian Express.

The right balance

Dravid felt that right balance was maintained in the early years where each team had a mix of international (Indian and overseas) players and domestic uncapped players.

“Lots of teams in the IPL these days have only international players and no domestic players. That’s not good for the system. You have to ensure a system where even the big teams are forced to play domestic,uncapped players and I think the only way you can do that is by limiting the salary cap and ensuring that everyone sticks to it,” the former India captain stated.

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