The Indian Premier League (IPL) has consistently served as a launching pad for budding cricket talents, providing them with a global stage to showcase their prowess and skills. Over the years, IPL teams have made substantial investments in young players who later evolved into cricket superstars.
In a move to duly acknowledge and reward such outstanding performers, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is on the verge of introducing a flagship reward program specifically tailored for uncapped players.
This initiative, anticipated to be announced before the IPL 2024 auction, aims to recognize and compensate players who secure international caps between IPL seasons, deviating from the conventional fixed league fee structure.
Traditionally, players are bound by the league fee structure for three years or until released by their franchise after being acquired in the IPL auction. However, under certain circumstances, the fee may witness an increase if an uncapped player is auctioned for a base price of INR 50 lakh.
Notably, a significant incentive awaits uncapped players who feature in 10 international matches between two IPL seasons, potentially doubling their remuneration.
The BCCI has recently circulated a fee regulation for uncapped players, emphasizing the absence of minimum league fee regulations. An uncapped player is defined as one who is not categorized as a capped player. A capped player is either someone who has played in the starting XI in International Cricket (Test match, ODI, Twenty20 International) for an ICC Full member or holds a Central Contract with their national cricket board, being an ICC Full member.
Players affiliated with ICC Associate member countries are considered uncapped for IPL purposes, regardless of their appearances for an ICC Associate member country.