The latest IPL player auctions generated huge media response and discussions. As the teams did not pick former India captain- Saurav Ganguly, it was only a given that it would be a major news item going forward. Since the Jan-11 auction, we keep getting newsbytes on teams approaching Ganguly, taking him as a mentor, fresh auction etc.
Latest is that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had sought teams’ views on allowing a team to buy one of the Indian players left unsold in the January auction. There are three unsold players: Saurav Ganguly, Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh. The IPL rules say players not picked in auction can only be chosen as replacement players. So IPL wrote to teamowners seeking asking if the rules could be tweaked and unsold players bought at their reserve price.
HT reported that IPL chief operating officer, Sundar Raman, mailed all the 10 team owners. His last words are an interesting application of default strategy:
I would be grateful if you would respond by the close of play on 3 February. If we do not hear from you we will assume that you are OK with the request.
:-) So if team owners do not respond, the default is they are ok with the request. Default could have been they are not ok with the request as well. So one has to opt-out if not agreeable to the proposal. Has BCCI/IPL Body been reading nudge as well?
To add on to the story, some teams have objected so chances of these players getting bought are remote as of now.