The Royal Challengers Bangalore are grumpy about the prospect of losing India’s young uncapped player, Manish Pandey. But it turns out, Pandey may have more reasons to grieve as do some of the Indian uncapped players who have been given a raw deal, it would appear, compared to some of the uncapped foreign cricketers.
Manish Pandey must count himself not so fortunate not to have won an India cap because then he would not be put in a predicament where the RCB take his matter with the IPL governing council because Pandey has reportedly mutually shown interest in joining up with the Pune Warriors.
The problem for Pandey is that he has been stuck with a pay cheque of Rs.10-Rs.20 as the IPL governing council’s rules in the last minute decided. Had he won the cap, even for one match like Umesh Yadav or Saurabh Tiwary, Pandey’s pay cheque could have seen a drastic change given that he has been a strong performer for the RCB, who were clearly unhappy that the player is willing to change loyalty.
Tiwary was bought for Rs.7.36 crores or cool $1.4 million while Yadav went for Rs.3 crores. That these players have not even played a handful of matches for India has not mattered. The only reason they are able to mint the money is because they no longer fall under the uncapped players rule.
Even the foreign uncapped players were allowed to go under the hammer even if the second day afternoon turned into a sleep fest as they found few takers from the IPL franchisees interested in getting their IPL 4 team composition right. The likes of Manish Pandey have been forced to stay out of the IPL 4 auctions despite the fact that they have played an important role for their respective team in previous editions.