The Indian Premier League (IPL) trading window, which opened on Tuesday, has come as an opportunity for teams to buy players belonging to their city or catchment area.
Players like Ishant Sharma, Robin Uthappa, Zaheer Khan and Manoj Tiwary, who played the inaugural IPL season for teams away from home, are all on wish lists of their “home” teams but the question is whether they will get a chance to get back to “where they belong”.
The hard-hitting Uthappa played his first season for Mumbai Indians and sources said that this year Bangalore Royal Challengers are keen on buying him. However, Mumbai Indians’ team management is not keen on trading the Mangalorian.
In fact, Sachin Tendulkar’s team is asking for Zaheer in exchange of another pacer, which the Bangalore Royal Challeners are not interested in.
Similarly, Delhi Daredevils are on the lookout for a fast bowler, but they can’t get the services of local boy Ishant Sharma as Kolkata Knight Riders are not willing to trade the lanky fast bowler. Besides, Ishant is too expensive a player. He was auctioned for $950,000 (Rs 3.8 crore) in the opening edition.
On the contrary, sources say that both Delhi and KKR are certain to have a dialogue to trade Bengal batsman Tiwary.
Here, the only possible hitch is the price at which Tiwary was auctioned last year — $675,000 (Rs 2.7 crore). Kolkata may find it difficult to shell out such a huge sum. Besides, his recent average run with the bat is something that’s going against the cricketer.
”When IPL took off, the main concept was to promote local cricketers (from catchment areas) and get the fans together to cheer for the city stars. But after the auction, some of these cricketers like Zaheer and Uthappa had to play for teams whose fans found it tough to identify with these players. Now most teams are now trying to get back their zone’s players,” a team official said.