The highly anticipated auctions for the 11th season of Indian Premier League will start on Saturday, with all the franchises bidding for the players they wish to bring to their team for the upcoming tournament that will start from April 1, 2018. The auction coverage was a hit and the revenue earned by both, the BCCI and the broadcasters was way above the expected levels.
The IPL committee has decided to extend the auctions on public demand. But the as all the players are auctioned, now will be the turn of umpires to come under the scanner. The base price for all umpires is being set and soon will be revealed to all the franchisees. The umpire group seems happy by the decision, as they too work as hard as the player and end up earning a meager amount compared to what the players earn. The IPL teams will get 2-3 days to decide upon their favorite umpires and then take a call during the live auction. The teams are looking at the video footage of all previous umpiring decisions in the previous IPLs to have a clue about whom they should pick.
Many fans would say that this will promote fixing, but this will indeed improve the umpiring standards as said by the spokesperson of the BCCI. The BCCI anti-graft committee will look into any fixing rumors. According to the spokesperson, the auctioning of umpires will help new umpires come in to the game and the healthy competition will indeed benefit the game in the long run. As soon as the auction dates are reveled, faking News team will provide you all the updates about the live auction.