IPL 2018: Rohit, Jayawardene praise the move to include mid-season transfers

IPL 2018: Rohit, Jayawardene praise the move to include mid-season transfers

The uncapped players and the players who have played fewer than two matches till the halfway stage of the tournament will be up for switches.

Mahela Jayawardene and Rohit Sharma
Mahela Jayawardene and Rohit Sharma. (Photo Source: Mumbai Indians)

The big heads of the Mumbai Indians franchise are apparently in total awe of the new inclusions of the IPL. The 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League is set to witness the mid-season transfers. Recently, at an event, the MI skipper Rohit Sharma and the MI head coach, Mahela Jayawardene, praised this move of having such transfers in the season.

Under the provision of this transfer, the teams will get a short window frame midway through the season. The uncapped players and the players who have played fewer than two matches till the halfway stage of the tournament will be up for switches. Such mid-season transfers are common in football.

Mahela Jayawardene, as per the quotes in TOI, remarked that this will be a breakthrough revolution in the franchise based cricket. Furthermore, he noted that there is no harm in having such transfers and taking a leaf or two from the other sports to improve the quality of the tournament.

“This is the evolution for the franchise model going forward. It’s a great option. The opportunity is there and it’s quite new to all franchises to go through the season half-way and discuss how best we can address that,” Mahela Jayawardene quoted.

“It’s going football way – like transfer, technology being used and investing in younger players is always going to be healthy for international cricket. If you see the Indian white ball team now, most players have come through IPL. It’s (international cricket) always healthy. I don’t see any problem,” he added further.

‘It is a plus for IPL’

Speaking further on the same note, he added that having DRS in the IPL is also a big plus for the tournament. This is the first time that the tournament will see the usage of the DRS. He believes it will be a good learning experience for the youngsters.

“DRS is there in international cricket. It’s a plus for IPL. Mistakes happen and DRS is a helping hand. I am pleased with that. International players know how to handle it and it will be a good learning experience for the younger players,” noted the MI coach.

Rohit Sharma speaks on the lines of Mahela Jayawardene

Commenting on the same lines, Rohit Sharma backed the words of Mahela Jayawardene. He noted that the transfers will allow the players to get a better opportunity. It all depends on a franchise when they wish to play a particular player. Also, Rohit backed the move to have the DRS as it will help to get the correct decisions on the field.

“The mid-season transfer window will give the teams an opportunity to see what they need in the squad and other teams will also be looking at what players they can get. It completely depends on the franchise if a situation comes when we need to get a player or give a player. It is good for the tournament and will add even more value to the tournament,” quoted Rohit Sharma.

“It’s only good for the game and the tournament. At the end of the day you want right decisions to be made and DRS will only help us get that,” he added further.

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