Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has hailed the introduction of the concept of mid-season transfer in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
A new provision has been made in the IPL, where according to the rules, only uncapped players who have not played more than two matches till the halfway mark of the tournament would be eligible for a transfer in another team.
The mid-season transfer is a widely practiced concept in soccer leagues.
“The mid-season transfer window gives the team an opportunity to see what they need in their squad and other teams would also be looking at what players they can get,” Rohit said.
“Franchise would decide if we need to get a player or trade the player, It is quite good for the tournament and I believe it would add value to it,” he added.
Mumbai Indians coach, Mahela Jayawardene, an avid follower of English Premier League and Manchester United, saw the concept as a step further in the evolution of the franchise-based tournament.
“It is an excellent option. As we have the opportunity it would be interesting to see all franchises go through the season half-season and discuss how we can address the opportunity,” he said.
The calls for mid-season transfer gained momentum in 2016 when Dale Steyn couldn’t get a chance to play for Gujarat Lions while the other teams desperately needed a fast bowler.
The idea was proposed in IPL workshop meeting held in November and the news was confirmed in January.
Earlier, IPL Chairman, Rajiv Shukla quoted “The transfer will take place between match No. 28 to 42 and the franchise would be able to use the transfer window for five days.”
“The transfer would only take place if there is a demand for a particular player from another franchise.”