The BCCI has informed the franchises that they cannot sign up the domestic players for now. The reasons are said to be varied. However, one gets the sense that inadvertently or otherwise, the BCCI has done a good job by having limits associated with the amount of money paid to the domestic players.
It is easy to say that every player must be allowed to earn his living but that also means that the franchises must be protected and so too must the players. The franchises don’t want to get into a situation where they don’t have control over the players and that the player is able to hold them to ransom.
Similarly, while money is good for the game, too much money may spoil the cricketers – especially if they don’t really deserve it. For someone who is 17 and has not played a single season of Ranji, signing up for Rs.50,00,000 could end up spoiling him – at that age, the mind is gullible and could believe that it is the end of the world for them.
So, well done BCCI – for whatever reasons.