BCCI pledges STRICT action on IPL withdrawals

IPL 2022: After a series of last-minute pullouts over the years, the BCCI and IPL GC plan to take strict action against players who withdraw from the league after being bought at auction. This year, England duo Jason Roy and Alex Hales have withdrawn from the tournament, with both Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders having to find a replacement. Follow IPL 2022 live updates on Insidesport.in

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IPL 2022: Miffy with players’ last minute IPL withdrawal, BCCI promises STRICT action after franchise complaint

In the recently held IPL GC meeting, the BCCI is considering coming up with repercussions for foreign stars who opt out of the IPL without sufficient reason. According to Cricbuzz, some franchises have expressed concern about the growing trend of players withdrawing after being paid a small fee at the auction.

This time, both Jason Roy and Alex Hales, who sold at their base price, opted for the season, with personal reasons to abandon both Gujarat Titans and Kolkata Knight Riders.

“The GC has a commitment to the franchises who are the main stakeholders of the competition. They are bidding on one player after many plans. Their calculations get confused if a player withdraws, even for weak reasons,” a GC member told Cricbuzz.

IPL 2022: Miffy with players’ last minute IPL withdrawal, BCCI promises STRICT action after franchise complaint

“There will be no comprehensive policy that prevents anyone who has withdrawn from the IPL for a certain number of years. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis and some investigation will be conducted before any action is taken. What if the reason is real,” said a well-known source.

As things stand, injuries or international commitments could very well be acceptable with Lucknow Super Giants losing their Rs 7.25 Cr buy Mark Wood to injury. As for Jason Roy, he had said he wanted to spend quality time with the family and work on his game.

“I think it’s only right that I spend some quality time with my family. In addition to devoting time to myself and my game over the next few months, leading to a very busy year,” said Roy. The England opener also chose Surrey from the County Season.

Meanwhile, Hales, who was bought for his base price of INR 1.5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders, said he needed time to recharge himself and also mentioned bubble fatigue. KKR had to look for options and chose Aaron Finch, who will miss the first five games due to the Australian tour of Pakistan.

Pull-outs are not a new phenomenon in the IPL, with Mitchell Starc famously doing this twice with Royal CHallengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. Starc has not entered the IPL 2022 auction due to bubble fatigue and the BCCI has taken into consideration that the Australian fast bowler may have had to withdraw through his backboard, meaning the player had little choice.

IPL 2022: Miffy with players’ last minute IPL withdrawal, BCCI promises STRICT action after franchise complaint

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