IPL 2020 may allow mid-season loans of capped players

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Franchisees may be allowed to loan their capped players to another team during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.

The teams at the half-way stage during the IPL 2020 are likely to get a five-day window to loan their capped players, who have not appeared in more than two IPL games for the season.

Though IPL had allowed to loan the uncapped players at the halfway stage this year, no franchisee had exercised the right. The facility next year will also be extended to the capped players – both domestic and international, ESPNCricinfo has reported.

The 2020 IPL season is likely to begin in late March, with the BCCI earmarking the period between March 28 and May 24 as the prospective window for the tournament. The upcoming edition will, for the first time, allow loans of capped players – Indian or overseas – between teams after the halfway point of the season.

The understanding to loan the player will be between the two teams. However, the loaned player will not benefit financially from the transaction between the two teams, who will though have to inform the IPL Governing Council about the transaction. The teams will also have the liberty to spend the money from outside their player purse.

For example, if Mumbai Indians want to loan Chris Lynn to Chennai Super Kings for ₹ 10 crore, the Australian speedster will still get only ₹ 2 crore for the season. At the same time CSK can pay over and above the only ₹ 15 lakh left in their players purse. The deal will have to be declared to the BCCI.

The rule also allows players an opportunity to ply their trade if they have failed find a place in the XI with their parent franchisee.