BCCI plans to retain 3+1 retention rule in IPL

Jay Shah BCCI Secretary during Match 5 of Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) Season 17 between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians held at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on March 24, 2024 .

Jay Shah BCCI Secretary during Match 5 of Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) Season 17 between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians held at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on March 24, 2024 .

The Indian cricket board will take a call after a meeting with the team owners and they are not averse to retaining the 3+1 formula.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still undecided on the retention rule for the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will hold a mega auction ahead of the 2025 edition, but it is understood that the cricket board Indian has not closed its doors. the door according to the existing 3+1 rule. There are many supporters of the existing three retentions and Right to Match (RTM) card deal, and not all franchises support a sudden increase in retentions and RTMs.

A senior official of an IPL franchise said that only a handful of franchises can retain 6-8 players, but this is not the case for all franchises. He added that auctions are an important part of the IPL and increasing retentions would make it a pointless exercise.

“Increasing retentions to, say, 6 or eight and then also having RTMs will make auctions a pointless exercise. Auctions have added to the beauty of the IPL and giving it less importance will not help keep the league healthy,” says a veteran team official.

The house remained divided on the ideal arrangement ahead of the mega auction and some teams expressed concern about not getting a loyal fan base due to regular player movements. So far, very few players namely Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga have played for just one team. It's a valid concern, but it's unlikely to be resolved without getting rid of the auctions and initiating a draft system and then some sort of transfer window.

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“Yes, it is a concern for a lot of teams, but we cannot compare IPL fan bases to EPL club fan bases. It is still too early for this to happen in the IPL. This is why this has only happened to a handful of teams in the IPL. It will take time. And if there is a desperation for this to happen, get rid of the bidding and introduce a project. Let there be a transfer system. Once again, the auctions bring a flavor to the IPL,” the official adds.

Venky Mysore, CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders, had a unique suggestion to remedy the situation and he felt that eight RTM cards for each team would allow players to get the auction value and give teams the opportunity to redeem. Harsha Bhogle, in one of his Youtube videos, revealed Mysore's suggestion, but it will also affect the auction dynamics.

Another senior official from a team that invests heavily in scouting and spends a lot of time preparing players even when the IPL is not underway, fought to increase retentions and said that even teams who have struggled this season seemed to have identified their core. .

“Some teams haven’t done well this season. Take Punjab Kings for example, they didn't qualify but have some solid players in the mix. Players they spotted and invested their energy in. So, even for these teams, increased retention makes sense and helps maintain continuity,” says the manager of one team.

The BCCI top brass was supposed to meet the team owners during the 2024 edition of the IPL to discuss the way forward, but the meeting was called off. The owners are yet to be informed of a new date and they do not expect it to happen during the T20 World Cup. Some teams have been informed of the possibility of the meeting taking place in June, but nothing has been decided yet.

Apart from the retention rule, the Impact player will also be up for discussion as many, from captain Rohit Sharma to coaches of different franchises, felt that it made the game very batter-dominated.

During an interaction with reporters in Mumbai earlier this month, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said they would conduct a review and take a call after the World Cup.

“Impact Player is like a test case. We implemented it slowly. The biggest advantage is that two Indian players get a chance, which is the most important thing,” Shah said. “We will consult the players, the franchises, the broadcasters. It's not permanent (but) I'm not saying it's going to go away. We will decide after the World Cup,” Shah added.

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