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Jayawardene wants one local and two foreign as direct signing in BPL

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Jayawardene wants one local and two foreign as direct signing in BPL
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 || CF Correspondent  ||

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene emphasized the franchises should have at least one local icon and one or two foreign direct signings in the bag when the franchises walks into the draft and if things are starting fresh.

Ahead of every season the disputes over setting "new rules" to accommodate certain advantage to a team or teams making so much chaos and aberrations that these anomalies become the headlines rather than the actual tournament. 

There has been a lot of discussion since the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) governing council disclosed plans for a new four-year cycle, but their communication seems arbitrary given how everything is set to change in the upcoming season, with the sixth edition having marked the end of the first cycle.

Jayawardene guided IPL T20 side Mumbai Indians to the title this year and worked as head coach of BPL franchise Khulna Titans for past two seasons.

“If you want to start on a clean slate then having one local icon as a direct signing and one or two foreign direct signings, then it is quite fine for the franchises. But after that every other player should be either in the draft or in an auction,” said Jayawardene.

“And if you are having an auction then you can always have a salary cap. Say it is $1m or $1.5m is the salary cap to spend in the auction. You can reduce the money from the purse that has already been spent on the direct signings and then the rest of the money is what you can spend in the auction. That way it is quite a fair way of setting up the franchise as well as that gives competitiveness into the tournament because then most of the teams will be equally balanced. That’s what the public wants and that’s what will be healthy for Bangladesh cricket,” the Sri Lanka legend explained.

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