Indian Premier League is set to have an all-star charity match three days before the commencement of the upcoming IPL season in March. Some of the franchises, however, have expressed their non-willingness in allowing their players to feature in the all-star match just before the tournament.
All-star match is set to feature players from each of the eight franchises among two teams based upon the regions. One team will comprise players from franchises belonging to South and West India, while the other team will be formed with players from franchises from North and East India.
As a result, players from Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, and Royal Challengers Banglore, will form one among the two teams, while those from Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Delhi Capitals will be a part of the other team.
However, one of the franchise owner cited commercial reasons for not allowing the players from participating in the all-star match. “Commercially, we are not okay if players don’t wear our jersey (regardless of an All Stars game),” a franchise owner was quoted as saying by Times of India.
While there’s still no official confirmation from the IPL governing council over the conduct of the all-star match, the owners have not expressed their keen support on this move.
Franchises believe that a few days leading into the tournament is much crucial for players to be involved in team bonding sessions that can set the tone for the rest of the IPL. In such scenarios, allowing a player to feature in such a fixture in not welcoming.
“Sharing a player just days or a week before the start of the IPL doesn’t make sense. A player will have to miss out on team bonding exercises and travel that much more.”
“There’s only that much time that players who arrive from all over the world get to bond with each other before the start of the tournament. It doesn’t make sense,” another franchise owner told TOI.
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