IPL 2018: Franchises least interested in mid-season transfer window courtesy its rules

IPL 2018: Franchises least interested in mid-season transfer window courtesy its rules

It seems like the mid-season transfer window will go unused.

KXIP auction table
KXIP auction table. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The new concept of the football-style mid-season transfer window was introduced in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. It opened after the tournament reached its halfway last weekend and there was a lot of anxiety around which franchise will go for which uncapped player. But according to the rule, only the uncapped players who have played two or less than a couple of matches are eligible to get transferred to another team. However, none of the teams have shown any interest due to the strict rule and have not gone for any of the players.

This news comes as a huge disappointment for the organisers as they wanted the uncapped players to give the maximum chance to feature in some of the matches. But with no big name available to pick in the window it seems that the first-ever transfer window in the IPL might go unused. Also, the rules for the same should be overlooked according to the few franchises.


No big names in the window

Many of the teams already have more than 25 players in their line-up and they might go against picking any uncapped player. Also, there are concerns over the rules which have been set-up as the franchises look not at all interested to even think about the transfer window as of now. They were expecting a big name to be available in this window which is not the case.

“There are few grey areas. A number of franchises already have 25 players in the squad, so they are unlikely to make use of this mid-season loan transfer,” a franchise official was quoted as saying by India Today. “If a big name was available we would have looked into it, but the current lot doesn’t peak our interest,” another official added.

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