OPL players go under hammer, Pravanjan goes unsold
“I will try to meet the expectations of everybody and prove my worth, as I have been bought at a high price,” commented player Biplap Samantray. “I will give 100%. As the teams are in our names, I will try not to disappoint anybody involved,” another player Paresh Patel said.
On this occasion, franchisee owners, managers, coachers and brand ambassadors were present during the auction.
This apart, Ranjib Biswal (OCA President), Ashirbad Behera (OCA Secretary), and Tirupati Panigrahi (OPL Governing Council Chairman) were present among others.
The cine star Archita, brand ambassador of Jagatsingpur team said, “As each coach and franchisee would like their teams to win, I would also like my team to win.”
According to OPL, the T20 tournament beginning on May 22 would have a total of 44 matches in the opening season, including two semifinals and a final to be played at Barabati stadium here.
The franchisees can spend maximum Rs 8 lakh to buy the players. The base price of grade A players has been fixed at Rs 60,000, Rs 40,000 for grade B players, Rs 30,000 for grade C, Rs 20,000 for grade D players and Rs 10, 000 for grade E players. Each team would be allowed to purchase 18 players, of which a maximum of 12 would be between A to D grade, while the remaining six would be from E grade. The teams can field maximum eight players from grade A, B, C, D and a minimum of three players from grade E. The teams would be divided into two groups and each team of the group will play two matches with each other. The matches will be played at Cuttuck, Bhubaneswar, Angul and Paradip.