Sahara Group Chairman Subrata Roy,who reached a compromise with the Cricket Board to pave the way for Pune Warriors’ participation in the IPL,today demanded an open auction without any player retention to make the cash-rich Twenty20 league more entertaining.
Roy said that doing away with player retention would lead to the teams being more balanced which he said would produce more thrilling matches.
“One request of ours is not included in the joint statement,but BCCI has definitely given us very positive assurance for looking into the matter seriously in the near future,” Roy said in a statement issued after he and Board President reached on a compromise paving way for the corporate giants return as Team India sponsor.
“Viewers’ interest and their point of view should be given highest priority. Viewers should enjoy each and every match preferably with a thrilling finish in the last over.
That is only possible when all the teams are well balanced.
Even two weak teams can start defusing the charm of IPL.
“There should be perfect level playing field. We have strongly requested open auction without any kind of retention. Due to retention policy,a disparity in player ability and
corresponding payment structure is created,” he said.
He thanked all those who took part in the series of hectic discussions which led to the breaking of the 12-day impasse between Sahara and the BCCI.
“I genuinely appreciate all concerned senior officials of BCCI for their initiative in resolving the issue. My thanks to N Srinivasan,Arun Jaitley,Sanjay Jagdale,Rajiv Shukla,Ajay Shirke and Sundar Raman. Emotional initiative by Shashank Manohar is highly appreciated. With all his positivity,Shahrukh Khan motivated everybody by going out of his way,in the interest of IPL and Cricket,” Roy said.
“I … put on record the overwhelming support of media which truly helped to take it to the rightful resolution. Media has definitely proved to be so positive towards the
cause of IPL and Cricket.”
We have not bent any rules,says IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla
BCCI is pleased to have sorted out all issues with the Sahara Group but insisted that they had not bent rules and that the matter had been resolved within the framework of rules and regulations.
Sahara had severed all of its ties with the BCCI just a day before the auction of IPL-V but today returned as sponsors of the national cricket team and also announced that it will compete in the IPL.
“The matter has been resolved. We are happy. Whatever issues were there,have been addressed. Whatever was possible within the franework,has been achieved. We have not bent rules,” IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla told reporters.
Shukla acknowledged the contribution made by several people in breaking the impasse and had a special mention for Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan,who is also Kolkata Knight Riders principal owner.
“I want to thank Sahara Shree Subrata Roy,his son Sushanto,former BCCI President Shahshank Manohar and current president N Srinivasan for interactions and finding a way out. Shah Rukh went out of his way to work in the interest of the league,” he said.
Shukla also insisted that there was “no arm-twisting in resolving the issue”.
Talking about the contentious issue of fielding fifth foreign player in the side,Shukla the ball is in the court of other franchisees.
“Other franchisees have to be consulted and the matter will be refered to the BCCI.”