IPL governing council meet: Discussions aplenty but little consensus

A look at what transpired at the meeting between the owners of the eight original teams, the BCCI officials, the IPL governing council members and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

The IPL governing council meeting was held in Mumbai on Tuesday.   -  K.R. Deepak

For the first time since Lalit Modi's controversial stint as the Indian Premier League czar early on in the IPL sojourn, the owners of the eight original teams met with the BCCI officials, the IPL governing council members and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

As explained by the IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla, who chaired the meeting, the objective was to seek views of all the teams ahead of the big auction planned in the last week of January 2018. Sportstar understands that there was little consensus between the team owners over major issues.

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Retention or right to match?

In 2014, the IPL had come up with a combination of retention and “right to match” cards, leading to each team being able to continue with a maximum of six players from the previous season. While a couple of teams expressed their shouldn't be any retentions and only right to match, other teams differed in terms of allowing retentions and right to match cards. The number ranged between one and five.

What happens to CSK and RR?

Chennai Super Kings, represented by George John, and Rajasthan Royals' Ranjit Barthakur pressed for the need for both the teams to have the right to retain players who were on their roster in 2015. While some teams supported the proposal, a celebrity owner of a champion team opposed the idea, stating all the teams should be treated equally.

IPL team owners divided over CSK, RR retentions

Auction purse and squad size

Last year's auction purse was Rs. 66 crore. The team owners quoted the auction purse be capped between Rs. 75 crore and Rs. 85 crore. Barring Kings XI Punjab, who felt the squad size be limited to 22 players, all other teams felt each squad should have 25 to 27 players. The maximum squad size for now is 27.

Women's IPL

Representative of a high-profile team suggested a women's IPL, thus bringing a smile to the face of CoA member Diana Edulji, the former India women's captain. The members quashed it citing that the last IPL GC meeting had already discussed organising exhibition matches between three to four women's teams during the IPL due to the lack of quality women cricketers to start a league.

What happens now
The IPL governing council is now expected to meet over the next fortnight to finalise the rules and regulations.