IPL allows additional players even after declaring final list

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Mumbai, Apr 19 (UNI) The organisers of the DLF Indian Premier League that kicked off in Bangalore yesterday, have allowed some franchisees to include additional players even after announcing the final list of players a month back.

The Bangalore Royal Challengers, led by Rahul Dravid and owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, did not have Australian pace bowler Ashley Noffke in the final list of names, but he surprisingly made an appearance and played in the opener at the Chinnanwawamy Stadium yesterday.

Even the official website of the tournament, www.Iplt20.Com, in the second list of players representing all the eight franchise teams, did not have his name even a day after he had turned out for the Bangalore team.

News has now come from the West Indies that all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is to play for the Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians, which could not be confirmed as sources in the squad could only say ''we were having negotiations with the player but do not know their outcome'' when they were informed of the development.

Strangely, the website does not have any information about the playing conditions for the much-hyped-about event, which has drawn the attention of the cricket world because of the amount of money that had been spent to buy the players through the auction process, something unique to the game.

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