Mumbai Indians accuses IPL of last minute auction norm change

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New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) Mumbai Indians has accused theIPL governing council of changing the players auction norms ofthe T20 league for season four in the last minute withoutreason, resulting in a lack of transparency in the process.

In a letter written to the IPL governing council members,Indiawin Sports Pvt Ltd (ISPL), owners of the Mumbai Indiansteam, said players were auctioned through a pre-decided orderof auction list, as opposed to an initial instruction thatthey would be arranged into sets and the order for which is tobe drawn randomly.

The change in the norm was intimated to the franchiseeson January 7, just a day before the auction.

"Any change of auction rules process or procedure in thismanner and at the last minute can have any justification if,and only if, strong justifiable emergent reasons can bedemonstrated to be present," the letter said.

"We see a complete absence of such reason orjustification," it added, asking the IPL GC members to explainat whose instance was the change introduced.

The letter said the primary purpose of deciding theorder of the auction through random draw in the auction roomin the presence of bidders was to ensure transparency and alevel playing field to all the franchisees.

Also, it was to ensure that the franchisees were notonly privy to the process but were treated in the same mannerand no particular team received any preferred treatment, itadded.

The letter written by Reliance Industries ExecutiveDirector Nikhil R Meshwani on behalf of ISPL, demanded anexplanation from the IPL governing council members for thelast minute change, besides asking under which body of the IPLauthorised the amendment of the auction norms and otherdetails.

The players'' auction held on January 8-9 saw GautamGambhir became the costliest cricketer in the IPL by fetchinga whopping USD 2.4 million (approx Rs 11.04 crore) on thefirst day, while formers stars like Sourav Ganguly and BrianLara found no takers.

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