IPL takes franchises view on signing unsold Indian players

New Delhi, Jan 31 (PTI) The IPL governing council haswritten to all the franchises asking them if they have anyobjections to teams signing Indian players who found no takersin the auction held in Bangalore on January 8 and 9.

"We have received a request that franchises (subject tothem having sufficient balance on the salary cap to pay atleast the reserve price of the relevant player) have theopportunity to sign unsold Indian players from the auction,"the letter stated.

IPL rules presently do not permit unsold players to besigned after the auction, and the auction regulations statethat that the players not bought in the auction could onlyplay in the 2011 edition as replacement players.

IPL CEO Sundar Raman asked the franchises for their viewson the issue and if they are agreeable to the following terms:1) Permit franchise to buy unsold Indian players from theauction. 2) The player can be bought only at his reserveprice.

The franchises have until February 3 to respond to theletter, with the BCCI expected to decide on the matter duringthe governing council meeting on February 4.

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