Fresh controversy hits IPL as RCB lodges complaint for spending Rs 4 cr more on Yuvraj

Feb 12, 2014, 22:05 IST | PTI

Royal Challengers Bangalore claim correct procedure was not followed during Yuvraj Singh auction and they have written to the IPL chairman in this regard

Bangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya on Wednesday lodged an official complaint with the IPL Governing Council, saying his franchise coughed up Rs 4 crore more on buying all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on the first day of the players' auction.

RCB had almost bought Yuvraj for Rs 10 crore when Kolkata Knight Riders joined in the bidding, and eventually the left-handed batsman was sold for Rs 14 crore to the Bangalore outfit.

Mallya, however, said that the hammer had fallen at Rs 10 crore for Yuvraj.

Vijay Mallya
RCB owner Vijay Mallya. File Pic

"The hammer did go down at Rs 10 crore. Normally, my understanding is that when the hammer falls down, that's the final," he said. "We have written to the IPL Governing Council regarding this. I am hopeful that they (IPL GC) will consider the matter," Mallya told a leading news channel.

Mallya said he was otherwise satisfied with his team's acquisitions on the first day of the auction. "I am satisfied with the players we had acquired today. I am happy that we bought Yuvraj," he said.

Later, RCB said in a statement that the correct procedure was not followed in Yuvraj's case. "When the auctioneer's hammer goes down in an auction, the sale is final. Unfortunately, this procedure was not followed in Yuvraj Singh's case. RCB have written to the IPL chairman in this regard," the statement read.

Scams happen in every sport: Vijay Mallya

Bangalore: Playing down Justice Mudgal committee's report on corruption in the IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said scandals were a part and parcel of the every sport and the brand value of the cash-rich event remained unaffected.

"It happens in every sport. We would not have been sitting here if we would not have been excited about the IPL, committed to the IPL. The brand IPL have been growing in value. It is unfortunate that there are such scams from time to time. But I think the core of IPL is sound," Mallya said at the sidelines of the Indian Premier League players' auction.

BCCI Chief N Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, the former Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings, was indicted for betting by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to probe the IPL betting and spot-fixing scam.

Six prominent "Indian capped" players' names, including one who is part of the current team, also cropped up in the report filed by the committee.

Stating that there is no evidence against those six players, whose names have cropped up in the fixing controversy, Mallya said, "It is a bunch of speculation. What I do know is that the Supreme Court has specifically permitted this auction to go ahead. Therefore, I don't think there should be any concern."

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