In a strategic move ahead of the 2024 IPL auction, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to introduce an innovative incentive plan for uncapped players. Unlike the traditional system where an uncapped player’s league fee remains constant for three years, the new plan aims to reward those who break through in international cricket between IPL seasons.
Under the proposed plan, if an uncapped player participates in a minimum of 10 international games between two IPL seasons, their league fee could potentially double. This move aligns with the BCCI’s vision to encourage and recognize talent that excels at the international level.
The BCCI, in a recent communication, emphasized that there are no minimum league fee regulations for uncapped players. However, specific conditions apply to the adjustment of league fees based on international appearances. If an uncapped player, initially bought for a league fee less than Rs. 50 lakhs, becomes capped or achieves 5 or 10 caps between seasons, their league fee for the next season will increase accordingly: Rs. 50 lakhs for 1 cap, Rs. 75 lakhs for 5-9 caps, and Rs. 1 crore for 10 caps or more.
Furthermore, if a player is traded, any increase in their league fee will apply to the new franchise’s Salary Cap. However, if the player remains with the existing team, the increase won’t impact the franchise’s Salary Cap.
The BCCI has made clear distinctions between capped and uncapped players. Capped players are those who have played in the starting XI in International Cricket for an ICC Full member or have a Central Contract with their national cricket board, while uncapped players do not meet these criteria.
In a related development, the BCCI announced a change in the auctioneer for the upcoming IPL auction on December 19 in Dubai. Ms. Mallika Sagar, an independent professional auctioneer, will preside over the event. This decision signifies a departure from foreign auctioneers, with Sagar taking over from the last foreign auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades.
The BCCI expressed confidence in Sagar’s ability to handle all aspects of the auction, making her the sole arbiter. This shift in the choice of auctioneer reflects a new era for IPL auctions, showcasing a blend of innovation and professionalism.