Confusion regarding Chahar’s catchment area

Last Updated: Nov 04, 2010, 20:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Rajasthan’s pace bowling sensation Deepak Chahar may be getting quite a few lucrative IPL offers after his dream first-class debut against Hyderabad but there is still a bit of confusion about the player’s catchment area.

In an ideal situation, the first right of refusal would have been with Rajasthan Royals but after the franchise has been barred from participating in the fourth edition of the IPL, it would be interesting as to which team Chahar plays for.

There has been reports that Sahara Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers have approached the youngster but no one can officially ink a deal with him as the rules about the catchment area where Rajasthan fall are still not clear.

The BCCI is yet to announce what will be the catchment area for players from Rajasthan and Punjab.

“Ideally, one should have waited before approaching Chahar as he is just one match old. But then he is the man of the moment. But one doesn’t know that who gets the first right of refusal for a player like him? With no Rajasthan Royals, will his catchment area be western India then both Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors can approach him,” said an official of a new franchise.

The other confusion is the salary cap. As per IPL rules for domestic cricketers who won’t be up for auctions, it will be Rs 10 lakh for those who made their first-class or List A debut in the current season.

“If one goes by that then Chahar should get Rs 10 lakh which is a nothing sort of amount for a franchise. Now the franchisees will get into a battle as to who can pay this kid more money outside the contract. That’s why his catchment area needs to be clarified,” said a senior official of a very popular franchise.

Chahar shot into limelight for his remarkable first innings figures of 7.3-2-10-8 which skittled out Hyderabad for 21, the lowest ever Ranji Trophy total.

PTI