Aakash Chopra bats for a mid-season transfer window for IPL
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra voices support for idea of IPL having a a mid-season transfer and loan window to trade cricketers who are warming the benches at the franchises
Every Indian Premier League season sees some deserving cricketers being sidelined with the team management being either unable to fit him into the playing XI or not wanting to pick him for a variety of reasons.
But this forces a talented player to wait out the entire period on the bench unable to use the big stage of the T20 league to make a splash.
Teams also suffer due to players getting injured or commitments to the national team.
Corey Anderson has been unable to find a place in the Mumbai Indians playing XI. File Pic
While a pre-season transfer window is there for the cash-rich tournament, there have been many experts who have spoken about the need for IPL to have a a mid-season transfer and loan window to trade cricketers like it's there in football leagues aboard.
With cricketers of the calibre of Kiwis Corey Anderson (Mumbai Indians) and Trent Boult (Sunrisers Hyderabad) unable to find a place in the starting line-up of their teams.
Trent Boult (left) and Martin Guptill have been warming the bench for their IPL franchises. File Pic
There are surely IPL franchises, like Rising Pune Supergiants which is being plagued by injuries, that will be only too glad to have their services for the second half of the season, especially the knock-out stages.
Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has voiced his support for the idea.
Chopra has posted on Twitter, "Corey & Boult haven't played...Steyn, Guptill have hardly played. There's a strong case for a transfer-window during the IPL too."
Corey & Boult haven't played...Steyn, Guptill have hardly played. There's a strong case for a transfer-window during the IPL too.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 2, 2016