The ongoing Indian Premier League in UAE is set to see a major change. IPL authorities have announced a mid-season transfer window for capped players. The transfer window will be open at the half-way mark of the tournament when all teams have played seven matches each. In the current campaign, the window will open on October 13.
The mid-season transfer window in IPL is similar to the January transfer window in football. It will give a chance to franchises to sign players that can help them to succeed in the second half of the season. It will also create opportunities for players that are yet to get minutes on the pitch.
IPL is a result of some serious planning and the mid-season transfer will help the franchises to improve the quality of the competition.
There are conditions that both the players and teams need to fulfill before switching teams during the transfer window.
Firstly, a player shouldn’t have played more than two games in the league.
Secondly, the price to be paid to the players will be outside from the purse amount in the auction. Moreover, there should be mutual consent between the franchises while moving and the players.
Last year, the IPL had opened up a five-day window for uncapped players to be loaned mid-season, subject to the player not having featured in more than two games. This season they are also allowing loans of capped players, both Indian and overseas if the franchises have injury concerns going into the second half.