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Players will be scared to come and play in India: Murali

MUMBAI: The volatility of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is turning out to be worse than the stock market uncertainty it seems. After Kochi Tuskers Kerala were disbanded late last year, the Sahara Pune Warriors, the second of the two new franchises, pulled out of the IPL 5 auction on Saturday, indicating the franchise’s intention to stay away from all things involved in Indian cricket.

Even though the BCCI refused to acknowledge they have a situation in hand as they have always done (in case of players with Kochi Tuskers Kerala), Saturday’s incident is bound to send shivers down players’ spine.

Muttiah Muralitharan, who played for theChennai Super Kings (CSK) before Kochi bought him for $1.1million in IPL 4 auction last year, said if the players’ money is not guaranteed, foreign players would be scared to participate in the cash-rich tournament.

“It’s somewhat a relief for me but what about other players from Kochi who are left out? I am yet to get 35% of my contract money from Kochi. Will the BCCI compensate for it? If so, when?” Muralitharan told TOI just after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bagged him for a measly $2,20,000 on Saturday.

Murali, who had a base price of $200,000, went for much less than his last contract money — $1.1 million. “I am told the BCCI will bear the difference money to ensure the Kochi players’ get their due. I was bought for a price ($1.1 million) for three years. That was my income for the same period. If we don’t get the money, in future, players will be scared to come and play in India (IPL),” Murali added.

The former Lankan offie felt the Kochi players were bound to get a raw deal since the other eight franchises had already formed a core group and were mainly looking to buy fringe players as back up.

“Most of the teams had built their sides and were looking for cheap buys. And the craze is more for all-rounders. So, I am not surprised at my price ($2,20,000), this auction. “Look at Mahela (Jayawardene). He was bought for $1.5 million last year and got sold for $1.4 million this year… And the franchises will obviously pay more for Indian players for their availability… Altogether, it’s a bad year for us,” he said.


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