Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) owner Vijay Mallya on Wednesday lodged an official complaint to the Indian Premier League Governing Council, saying his franchise coughed up Rs four crore more on buying all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on the first day of the players' auction here.
RCB had almost bought Yuvraj for Rs 10 crore when Kolkata Knight Riders joined in the bidding, and eventually the left-handed batsman was sold for Rs 14 crore to the Bangalore outfit. (Day 1 highlights | The auction rules | Full list of players - sold and unsold)
Mallya, however, said that the hammer had fallen at Rs 10 crore for Yuvraj. "The hammer did go down at Rs 10 crore. Normally, my understanding is that when the hammer falls down, that's the final," he said. (Must read: Yuvi bags a 'golden' double)
"We have written to the IPL Governing Council regarding this. I am hopeful that they (IPL GC) will consider the matter," Mallya told a news channel. (Full IPL coverage)
Mallya said he was otherwise satisfied with his team's acquisitions on the first day of the auction. "I am satisfied with the players we had acquired today. I am happy that we bought Yuvraj," he said.
Later, RCB said in a statement that the correct procedure was not followed in Yuvraj's case. "When the auctioneer's hammer goes down in an auction, the sale is final. Unfortunately, this procedure was not followed in Yuvraj Singh's case. RCB have written to the IPL chairman in this regard," the statement read.