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BCCI Contemplates Keeping the 3+1 Retention Rule in IPL

It's true that some franchises are able to retain 6-8 players, but it is not the case with every franchise. He said auctions are an important part of the IPL, and increasing retentions would make it useless.

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BCCI Contemplates Keeping the 3+1 Retention Rule in IPL

BCCI Contemplates Keeping the 3+1 Retention Rule in IPL: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is still undecided on the retention rule for the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will have a mega auction before the 2025 edition, but it is understood that the Indian cricket board has not abandoned the existing 3+1 rule.

Some franchises back the existing retention and Right to Match (RTM) arrangements, and not every franchise supports a sudden increase in retentions and RTMs.

It’s true that some franchises are able to retain 6-8 players, but it is not the case with every franchise. He said auctions are an important part of the IPL, and increasing retentions would make it useless.

“Adding retentions to six or eight and also introducing RTMs will make auctions unusable. Auctions add to the beauty of the IPL, and giving them less importance will not help the league remain healthy,” says a veteran team official.

Some teams have expressed concern about not getting loyal fans due to regular player movement ahead of the mega auction.

There have been very few players who have played only for one team, such as Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga.

While this is a valid concern, it’s unlikely to be addressed without eliminating the auction and establishing a draft system, followed by a transfer window.

“Yes, that’s a concern for a lot of teams but we can’t compare fan bases in IPL to fan bases of EPL clubs. It’s still too early for that to happen in the IPL. That is why it has happened to only handful of teams in the IPL. It will take time. And if there is desperation to make that happen, get rid of the auction and introduce a draft. Let there be a transfer system. Again, auctions bring a flavour to the IPL,” adds the official.

A unique suggestion from Kolkata Knight Riders’ CEO Venky Mysore was that eight RTM cards for each team would allow players to get the auction value and give the teams the opportunity to buy them back.

A YouTube video of Harsha Bhogle reveals Mysore’s suggestion, but this too will affect the auction dynamics.

Even the teams that have struggled this season seem to have identified their core, said a senior official of a team that invests a lot in scouting and grooming players even outside of the IPL.

“Certain teams have not done well this season. Take Punjab Kings for instance, they didn’t qualify but have a solid few players in the mix. Players they scouted and invested their energies in. So even for those teams, increased retentions make sense and help in maintaining continuity,” says official of a team.

BCCI’s top brass was supposed to meet the team owners during IPL 2024, but the meeting was canceled.

Owners still haven’t been informed about a new date and they don’t expect it to happen during the T20 World Cup. Some teams were told about a meeting in June, but nothing has been decided.

As well as the retention rule, the Impact Player will also be up for discussion, as many coaches, including Rohit Sharma, feel that it is making the game too batter-dominated.

In an interview with reporters earlier this month, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said they will hold a review after the World Cup.

The Impact Player program is like a test. It has been implemented slowly. One of the biggest advantages is that two Indian players are getting a chance. The players, franchises, and broadcasters will be consulted. This isn’t permanent, but I’m not saying it’s going away. We’ll decide after the World Cup,” Shah added.

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