New Delhi: The uncertainty over the future of Deccan Chargers has thrown into doubt the futures of several leading international and Indian domestic players currently on franchise’s roster. As reported by CNN-IBN on Friday, the BCCI is understood to be considering scrapping Deccan a day after the cash-strapped franchise went unsold in an auction in Chennai.
With sources saying that the franchise is likely to be terminated on grounds of a breach of contract and a new auction for a new city franchise being announced soon, 33 cricketers will be anxiously watching the developments of the BCCI meeting in Mumbai on Saturday as well as the coming days. At the same time, other IPL franchise owners would be eyeing several big-ticker Deccan players should the team indeed be terminated.
These include the former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkra ($700,000), the current Deccan captain, West Indies batsman Darren Bravo ($100,000), South Africa’s JP Duminy ($300,000), Dale Steyn ($1.2 million) and Rusty Theron ($85,000), Australians Cameron White ($1.1 million), Daniel Christian ($900,000), Daniel Harris ($70,000) and Chris Lynn ($20,000).
Ishant Sharma ($450,000), Parthiv Patel ($650,000), Shikhar Dhawan ($300,000), Amit Mishra ($300,000) and Manpreet Gony ($290,000) are the Indian players in the Deccan squad who have played international cricket. The squad also includes 18 uncapped domestic players.
Kenya’s Tanmay Mishra was added to the squad after the 2012 auction, in which several players were purchased from the defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala franchise, as an Indian player because he was born in the country and owned an Indian passport.
Madhya Pradesh’s TP Sudhindra was released from the Deccan squad after being caught up in a spot-fixing controversy earlier this year, the result of which was a lifetime ban from the BCCI.
Of the big-ticket names, the hottest are likely to be Sangakkara, whose reputation precedes him, Steyn, White, Dhawan, Duminy, Mishra and Patel. Dhawan, who has played six matches for India, was the third-highest run-getter in IPL 5 while White, a former Australia captain, came in at six. Duminy averaged a whopping 81.33 with the bat in IPL 5, and Steyn’s 18 wickets were the sixth-best for bowlers in the IPL. Mishra picked up 13 wickets. Patel did not have a successful season but he has consistently found takers in the IPL and there sides that needed wicketkeeper-batsmen.
Earlier, the franchise's owners, the media company Deccan Chronicle Holdings (DCH), and its lenders rejected the only bid of Rs 900 crore from a Hyderabad-based filmmaker and financier. After sruggling on the field for two seasons, Deccan have been blighted by management woes after it was revealed that several players had not been paid their salary dues due to DCH’s financial trouble.
Having taken the wooden spoon in the inaugural IPL season in 2008, Deccan went on to win the title in South Africa in 2009. In 2010, Deccan finished second in the group stage but lost to Chennai Super Kings in the semi-finals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the third-place play-off. In 2011 they finished seventh and in 2012, eighth out of nine teams.
Deccan Chargers squad:
Foreign players:Kumar Sangakkara (capt), Darren Bravo, Daniel Christian, JP Duminy, Daniel Harris, Chris Lynn, Tanmay Mishra, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Cameron White.
India players: Shikhar Dhawan, Manpreet Gony, Amit Mishra, Parthiv Patel, Ishant Sharma.
Uncapped domestic players:Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Tekkami Atchuta Rao, Akash Bhandari, Bharat Chipli, Kedar Devdhar, Ishank Jaggi, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Veer Pratap Singh, Syed Quadri, DB Ravi Teja, Akshath Reddy, Biplab Samantray, Sneha Kishore, Sunny Sohal, Tanmay Srivastava, Arjun Yadav.