This Indian Premier League season 11 will have something new for the franchises and fans in form of mid-season transfer window.
Over the years, IPL franchises have struggled with injuries and fitness issues of their players. This year especially, numerous players have pulled out of the IPL due to injury and the mid-season transfer window comes as a relief to the team management.
Injuries and fatigue often take a toll as franchises fall behind in the race for the title by mid-season. Sometimes, the inability to strike the right chord also leads to the same problem. In IPL 2016, Rising Pune Supergiant lost Kevin Pietersen, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis and Mitchell Marsh to injuries, leading to a bottom of the table finish.
The new move by the IPL Governing Council to introduce a mid-season transfer window will let players switch to a new team just like in football leagues.
Here is all you want to know about mid-season transfer window:
IPL 2018 will witness its first tryst with the mid-season transfer window which will be active from Match 28 and Match 42. During this period, the teams will be able to exchange uncapped players as well as those who have played no more than two matches till the halfway stage of the tournament.
The two interested teams will be able to discuss and buy players according to their needs. Foreign players who have played two or fewer matches in the season will be eligible for the transfer.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said, “The mid-season transfer window will give the teams an opportunity to see what they need in the squad and other teams will also be looking at what players they can get. It completely depends on the franchise if a situation comes when we need to get a player or give a player. It is good for the tournament and will add even more value to it.”
There are some big foreign names available for transfer in this window like Adam Milne, JP Duminy (Both Mumbai Indians), Sandeep Lamichhane (Delhi Daredevils), Alex Hales (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Moeen Ali (Both Royal Challengers Bangalore) and David Willey (Chennai Super Kings).