Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey cannot play the first four matches for his new franchise Sahara Pune Warriors for breaching player guidelines, the league’s Governing Council said on Friday.
About the reason for cracking the whip and imposing the ban on Pandey, Srinivasan stated that based on the complaints from franchisees and after meeting with the player, the GC had imposed a four-match ban on the player.
“He cannot play the first four matches of IPL 4. As desired by him, he is permitted to play for the Pune Franchise,” Srinivasan said in his release. Amin told reporters that Pandey, through his agent, had haggled with several franchises.
“Pandey’s agent was negotiating with a number of franchises,” was how Amin put it. Pandey played for the Royal Bangalore Challengers in the first three seasons of IPL.
The IPL also saw no merit in the letter from Mumbai Indians franchise alleging complaints of irregularities in the conduct of January 8-9 players’ auction and declared that the auction was held in a fair and transparent manner.
“As regards the letter from M/s. India Win Sports Private Limited (Mumbai Indians) regarding the recent IPL auction, the Governing Council was briefed by the operational team including IMG on all aspects of the letter. The procedure followed in this year’s auction is exactly the same as was done in all the previous IPL auctions,” Srinivasan said.
“Representatives of all Franchisees had read the auction briefing note prepared by the IMG which included the changes referred to and signed the same in acceptance before the auction including the India Win Sports Private Limited (Mumbai Indians). The Governing Council reiterates that the auction was transparent and fair,” he added.