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IPL: U-21 players to be picked

Special Correspondent

Ahmedabad: The Board of Control for Cricket in India-promoted Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 will open the doors for at least 32 under-21 players to be picked in the eight franchise teams.

Like the non-contracted Indian players, the under-21 players would be offered a fixed sum of $50,000 (Rs. 20 lakhs) each year.

Since South India has three franchise-owned teams, 12 under-21 players from Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad will be picked in each of the 16-member squad.

As a result of the assured sum, a quality Indian first class player (not in the BCCI’s graded player contract list) who would have played the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Irani Cup and limited over competitions is expected to earn well in excess of Rs. 50 lakhs a year.

“Ask the players how good it is,” said a delighted Delhi and North Zone coach Vijay Dahiya, when mentioned about the per match day fee of Rs. 36,000 announced by the BCCI for the 2007-08 season.

Mandatory

It’s mandatory for the owners of eight teams to pick four under-21 players and four more from the franchise area. A team can field only four overseas players on the field for the home and away matches.

The IPL has signed 80 players (49 overseas players and BCCI- contracted players).

The Board has received a list of 20 players (including the BCCI-contracted players and under-21 players) each from 27 State associations.

The franchisee managements will be offered a large pool of the overseas players and the BCCI-contracted players at the player auction to be held in February and also the BCCI’s non-contracted players.

“Many State associations have even picked promising under-19 players and those who have the skills to play Twenty20 cricket. It’s up to the owners to choose the players.

But Sachin Tendulkar will play for the Mumbai region, Sourav Ganguly for the Kolkata region, Rahul Dravid for the Bangalore region and Yuvraj Singh for the Mohali region. They have been earmarked as iconic players,” said Mr. Ratnakar Shetty, Chief Administrative Officer, BCCI.

It’s possible that the franchisees will take advice from the regional selectors to choose the team.

“It’s their prerogative to choose the captain, to appoint a management team in a CEO and Manager and a support staff in a coach, physical trainer, physiotherapist and other members,” said Mr. Shetty.

The BCCI earned Rs. 80 lakhs (non-refundable earnest money deposit) from ESPN and SONY Entertainment (Rs. 40 lakhs each) and an additional Rs.32 lakhs from the eight television companies (Rs. four lakhs each) that had taken the Global Media Right tender document. SONY withdrew and decided to join hands with World Sport Group (WSG).

As a result of this agreement SET will have the TV rights of the sub-continent for the first five years and WSG will have the international, global radio, mobile and internet rights for the first five years and the global media rights for the last five years.

In addition the BCCI also earned Rs. 1.28 crores (Rs. four lakhs each) from 32 corporates/equity funds/consortium partners who had taken the tender franchise bid document.

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