In a typical vegetables auction market, the scene is
Potatoes – Rs 40/ Kg (Base price)
Bidder 1- Rs 45/Kg, Bidder 2- Rs 50/Kg, Bidder 3- Rs 60/Kg, Bidder 1(again)- Rs 70/Kg
Bidder 1 bids at Rs 70/Kg against Bidder 3 and the bid is sold to Bidder 1.
Sophisticated IPL Auction: Cricketers on Sale
Anyone for base price, yeah we have team Kochi go for it, the bid opens at $100,000.
Another bid from RCB $110,000, Kochi again $120,000,
Oh yeah, we have a new bid from entirely new team Daredevils at $130,000
Anyone against Daredevils price, no…. no…… and player 1 is sold at $130,000 to Daredevils
And there are claps all around for the purchase.
I was just watching the ongoing IPL Auction since yesterday and thinking, our players have just become analogous to vegetables or other commodities that are bid on online sites for purchase(Thanks to IPL and numerous other such events where franchisee purchase players in an auction). I understand the hoopla around the brand IPL and the success is noteworthy, but the selection process made me wary of the event altogether.
Some of the great players from all around the world went unsold like thing of the passé, while newbie’s were raked into the teams for heavy sum of money. There were instances where some of the players with less experience ran away with million dollars in their accounts leaving other experienced players with half of what they took from respective franchisees. I could not stop jumping off my bed watching the huge amount of money close to $ 9 million from each franchisee to empty their wallets for the ornate players of world cricket.
Well, in the words of cricketing professionals, “Cricket is a Game of Uncertainties” and so is IPL auctions.
I am a great admirer of the game, but this episode of auction was funny to me besides being baffling, with some of the great players remaining unsold. Well, that’s the game of cricket sweetheart, full of uncertainties. Sit back, relax and enjoy the game
Cheers to IPL