After back-to-back ten seasons of the cash-enrich fantasy tournament Indian Premier League (IPL) which has grown leaps since its inception in 2008, there is going to be a first for the tournament. First time in IPL history, a new rule has been implemented in the IPL, will have a mid-season transfer window which will work differently from the conventional auction structure followed prior to the season or the transfer activity that happens in football. The tournament is at its half-way mark with all teams having played at least seven matches from their stipulated 14 round robin matches. In the first phase of the season, many players including foreign and domestic –who were bought for high sums haven’t had the expected impact or found the playing time. The mid-season transfer window is a boon for such players in a journey of turning a leaf and breathing a new life for franchises.
What is the IPL 2018 mid-season transfer window?
IPL mid-season transfer window is a moment/opportunity for teams to remove stagnant weight from their non-playing squads having identified the players who are working for them and who are not. It opportunity allows franchises to get new players into the squad who they missed out on signing in the auction.
When does the IPL mid-season transfer window begin?
The IPL mid-season transfer window has been begun after Match 28 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals, and it will end on May 10. At that meeting in the tournament, Match 42 would have been played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils. So these 12 days is when teams can bring in or offload players.
Which players are eligible for the IPL mid-season transfer window?
Now for the most important part of the Selection process. All players are not eligible to move in the IPL mid-season transfer window. It has been created only to allow players who haven’t made much of an impact to move to another franchise. The following players can move:
- Both capped and uncapped Indian and Overseas players are eligible for the mid-season transfer window
- In the case of capped players, players are eligible who have played less than two matches after Match No 28 are eligible for a transfer
- In the case of uncapped Indian and Overseas players, all of them remain are eligible for the transfer
- The two franchises concerned with their move and the player have to agree for the transfer to go ahead with the new franchise.
So Alex Hales, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi are some of the players who can move to another franchise. The transfer will take action in between Match No. 28 to 42, and the transfer window will be open for approximately five days. The transfer will happen only if there is a demand for the franchise that particular player from another franchise