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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals hit out at BCCI over the auction process and player retention policy
Ahead of the IPL auction 2018, Rajasthan Royals (RR), one of the most controversial teams of the world's biggest cricket league that is making a comeback in this IPL season along with the Chennai Super Kings after serving a two-year ban following the Lodha Panel inquiry, recently slammed the BCCI over its player retention policy and the auction process.

Regarding this, Manoj Badale, who is the co-owner of RR, has reportedly written an email to the BCCI as well as IPL managers, complaining about the issues and raising concerns.

"Historically, all the capped players have been auctioned first, followed by the uncapped players. This year, however, the first round of capped lots for every position is being followed by the first round of uncapped lots... then the second round of capped lots is followed by second round of uncapped lots and so on..." a report in Mumbai Mirror said.

If the media report is to be believed, a major concern of RR is the placement of Washington Sundar, who recently made his debut in the Indian cricket team; the young Tamil Nadu left-handed batsman, who is expected to earn big during this year's IPL auction, has been placed at the 139th spot.

"The positioning is very flawed," said an official of another IPL franchise.

Taking a dig at IPL's retention procedure, Badale said, "Firstly if you could explain why the retention pricing methodology changed, so that when retaining two players, you pay less for those two than a team retaining three pays for the first two."

RR, who retained Australian captain and right-handed batsman Steve Smith during the pre-auction retention process were the only team in addition to Kings XI Punjab, who retained Axar Patel, to just one player before the IPL auction.

"Then could you explain why, once this decided, there is no reduction for the team only retaining one player," concluded Badale.

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