BCCI and IPL Governing Council have decided to bring up a new policy to prevent players from being excluded from IPL without any valid reason.
Rules for Players to Withdraw from IPL
After the exclusion of some players, some franchises had expressed their concerns with the board. After this the Indian board has planned to take steps in this direction.
At the recent meeting of the Governing Council (GC) of the IPL, there was a debate among the members on ways to arrest a seeming trend of players pulling out after being bought for a small fee at the auction.
“The GC has a commitment towards the franchises who are the important stakeholders of the league. They bid for a player after a lot of planning. Their calculations go haywire if a player pulls out, that too for flimsy reasons,” said a GC member told.
“There will not be a sweeping policy that everyone who has pulled out of the IPL will be prevented for a certain number of years. It will be on a case-by-case basis and some research will be done before action is initiated. What if the reason is genuine,” a source added.
Normally, injury or international commitments are considered acceptable. Recently there have been pullouts for other reasons as well. Jason Roy had said he wanted to spend quality time with family and work on his game.
Apart from Roy and Hales, Lucknow Super Giants lost their Rs 7.25 Cr buy Mark Wood to injury. As for Roy, he had said he wanted to spend quality time with family and work on his game.
“I feel it is only right that I spend some quality time with my family. As well as spending time on myself and my game over the next couple of months, leading into a very busy year,” the English opener said before pulling out of the Gujarat Titans team.
He was bought for his base price of INR 2 crore. Hales, who was bought for his base price of INR 1.5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders, said he needed time to recharge himself and also cited bubble fatigue.
Player pull-outs are not new in the IPL. Mitchell Starc had done it a few times in the past, after being picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in different auctions.
The BCCI has taken into account that the Australia fast bowler may have been compelled to withdraw by his board. In such situations, the IPL GC noted that the player could have little choice. For the record, Starc did not register for the 2022 auction citing bubble fatigue.