Mitchell Starc IPL auction price hurt BCCI; Indian Cricket Board to take strict action against franchises, confirms Arun Dhumal

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Arun Dhumal and Mitchell Starc


Indian Premier League president Arun Dhumal has pledged to work together with the BCCI to establish a pay gap between players and avoid disparity during auctions, especially mini auctions. Dhumal made this statement while speaking in a recent interview in the light of Mitchell Starc leaving with a whopping deal of Rs 24.75 crore with two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders.

Arun Dhumal did not like what happened during the player auctions for the 2024 season held at the Coca-Cola Stadium in Dubai on December 19 last year. There, Australian duo Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins landed two of the most lucrative deals in history: the first went to KKR and the second to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Arun Dhumal says there will be new policies to avoid pay disparity in future

While Mitchell Starc got a deal of Rs 24.75 crore, Cummins got Rs 20.5 crore and that created a huge indifference in terms of pricing between local and foreign players. Fans on social media started trolling Kolkata and Hyderabad for paying such huge amounts to foreign players and ruling out paying the same amounts to the local boys.

To prevent such things from going ahead, Arun Dhumal revealed that new policies are going to be drawn up to abolish the issue and any step will be taken only after consideration with all the IPL franchises.

“We have taken note of the pay disparity it creates. We will definitely conduct a review and come up with a new policy to address the issue. Some ideas have emerged. “We will also discuss it with the franchises before making further decisions.” – said Dhumal via Hindustan Times.

Arun Dhumal then indicated that there will possibly be a limit on player purchases and that franchises will refrain from paying amounts above a set limit. For example, in mini-auctions, we could see that franchises are required not to cross the Rs 20 million mark and ensure that players have less than that amount.

But it can also create a bit of contention as franchises sometimes don’t want to let go of a player, who they think could be a major part of the plan like KKR and SRH did with Mitchell Starc and Cummins. Arun Dhumal then explained that in case new franchises are introduced in the tournament, it will be impossible for them to form a team and also shed light on the player retention process.

“When new franchises arrive, how would they form their team? In a competition as attractive as the IPL, people have to focus on thinking. We offer the option of retaining 3 to 4 players to the teams.” – concluded Arun Dhumal.

IPL 2024 schedule for first 21 matches

Match Date Team 1 Team 2 Venue/Stadium 1 March 22 Chennai Super Kings Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai 2 March 23 Punjab Kings Delhi Capitals Mohali 3 March 23 Kolkata Knight Riders Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata 4 March 24 Rajasthan Royals Lucknow Super Giants Jaipur 5 March 24 Gujarat Titans Mumbai Indians Ahmedabad March 6 25 Royal Challengers Bangalore Punjab Kings Bengaluru March 7 26 Chennai Super Kings Gujarat Titans Chennai 8 March 27 Sunrisers Hyderabad Mumbai Indians Hyderabad 9 March 28 Rajasthan Royals Capitals of Delhi Jaipur 10 March 29 Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Knight Riders Bengaluru 11 March 30 Lucknow Super Giants Punjab Kings Lucknow 12 March 31 Gujarat Titans Sunrisers Hyderabad Ahmedabad March 13 31 Delhi Capitals Chennai Super Kings Visakhapatnam 14 April 1 Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals Mumbai April 15 2 Royal Challengers Bangalore Lucknow Super Giants Bengaluru April 16 3 Delhi Capitals Kolkata Knight Riders Visakhapatnam 17 April 4 Gujarat Titans Punjab Kings Ahmedabad 18 April 5 Sunrisers Hyderabad Chennai Super Kings Hyderabad 19 April 6 Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur April 20 7 Mumbai Indians Delhi Capitals Mumbai 21 April 7 Lucknow Super Giants Gujarat Titans Lucknow