In a bid to introduce something new each time players go under the hammer, the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has introduced a new 'joker' rule that has the potential to suit a set of teams and go on to defeat the purpose of having a complete reshuffle.
The IPL has often been accused of being more entertainment than serious cricket and questions over its credibility as a cricket league have refused to die down. IPL has a new chairman but his ideas may not be revolutionary. Ranjib Biswal's appointment as IPL chairman in September end came as a big surprise. He is a known N. Srinivasan ally and his latest proposals on IPL auction look terribly lopsided. The latest rules for the auctions that allows teams to retain five instead of four like before and get a 'veto' power over three more of their current squad members defeats the very purpose of the auctions.