The secret tiebreaker rule in the IPL player auction was devised by Lalit Modi, the former IPL commissioner, "for Mumbai Indians to get Kieron Pollard" in 2010, an official from one of the original eight IPL franchises has said.
The official's comments were made to ESPNcricinfo after Modi, during an interview to an Indian television channel, said the tiebreaker was meant to level the field in the IPL.
"The tiebreaker only came in because, how do you determine when you have a fixed purse for the tournament. And this is well researched, that you reach the cap and still two teams are bidding, secret tie-breaker came as a penalty clause where the team actually pays back a higher fee but it goes back to the BCCI, which is then used to offset other player costs," Modi said. "But the objective, again, was to make it equal. All bidders get an equal opportunity to buy a player."