New Delhi:Former Indian captain and the member of the IPL Governing Council Sunil Gavaskar has stirred a controversy after he bypassed the franchise owners and sought suggestions from the captains directly.
NDTV has gained access to an email reportedly written by Gavaskar on July 5, in which he has discussed auction rules with the IPL team captains. The team owners have no information about this.
Gavaskar has apprised the skippers of the happenings in the IPL Governing Council on 3rd July, which was supposed to have been confidential.
Gavaskar has suggested that teams should be allowed to retain four Indian and three foreign players, but these players will still have to go into the auction. This thought came about during a meeting between Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Nawab Pataudi. It is surprising because the owners have the right to take a final call on all decisions and not the captains. An owner will decide on his team/rules and not the skipper.
Franchises will get first choice on retention of nominated players if it comes down to a maximum bid price of two million dollars. The salary cap for all franchises was proposed at 8 million so any franchise wanting to retain players would have to be pretty choosy about them.
It seems that IPL 4 will have a change in the format.
Gavaskar has said that the number of players in a squad would be 25 and since a player could only play 14 matches plus the knockouts a franchise could play 5 overseas players in four matches but not in the knockout stage.
He also agreed with Adam Gilchrist's suggestions for changes in tournament's format. He has also said, "the idea of having the knockout stage where teams 1 and 2 play against each other and the loser plays the winner of three and four has been accepted and will be part of the knockout next season".