The IPL is coming and this time, though delayed, it’s coming with a lot of upgrades. This upgraded version of IPL is surely going to up the decibels a few notches. Back in January, BCCI has brought in a number of new rules to make the league more competitive and thrilling.
One of the many changes was Mid-season transfer window process that will allow the franchises a mid-season transfer or loan option of players from other franchises. Usually, every franchise has squad strength of 20-25 players and not all of them get a chance to play in first XI. Some of them even end up sitting on the sidelines whole of the tournament.
On the other hand, some franchises, mid-way through the season, start missing services of quality players– they missed out on in auction or injured before the tournament – in some departments.
So, to enable franchises to loan or transfer players – who are not quite fitting in the plans of other franchise – BCCI has introduced the new rule with limited restriction unlike the previous year. The rule was in place last time around also but complex rules did not let any franchise to take interest in it.
But with less restriction now, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are already up for a mid-season transfer if needed. The team’s Director of Cricket Operations, Mike Hesson seem quite thrilled by the less complicated law and confirmed that RCB is looking forward to it.
“Look if it is needed, later on, we are certainly open to it. We’ve got a small squad and we’ve done that for a reason. If something injuries were to occur, we’d certainly look at that,” Mike Hesson was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
With the IPL being played in UAE this year, teams might feel need of some condition specific players in second half of the tournament. But they have to strategize and plan wisely to benefit from the window.
“You, however, need both teams to buy into any potential loan. So you need to make sure the other side is happy with the loan and think they’ll get benefit from it later on in the tournament as well. So it’s not a matter of identifying someone you want, they also have to be allowed to be released as well.
“It will come in at some stage due to the fact that it’s hard to get potential replacements. We are very comfortable with the squad we have, but if we get injuries or so forth then loan opportunities could become an option. It’s certainly something that BCCI are well aware of as well,” he further added.
AB De Villiers to do Wicket-Keeping for RCB
“Obviously we’ve had a lot of discussions around the makeup of our team. AB has kept wickets in South Africa before so I’m sure that will be a topic for discussion. But what is the right balance in these conditions will also come into play. He’s got a huge role to play for us, given the number of performances over the years for RCB and South Africa,” Katich said.