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Spread­ea­gled over two marathon days, the IPL auc­tion in Ben­galuru on Jan­uary 27 and 28 fea­tured the usual fren­zied cheque-wav­ing. In the Amer­i­can style, IPL teams are of­ten de­scribed as fran­chises, a re­minder that they are busi­nesses as much as they are sports teams, with their eye on the bot­tom line and with pur­chas­ing de­ci­sions based on fac­tors be­yond sim­ply bat and ball. The news this year was the con­tin­ued at­trac­tive­ness of un­capped play­ers, un­tried at in­ter­na­tional level but ideally suited to the for­mat. It’s the ‘mon­ey­ball’ ap­proach of us­ing statis­tics to in­vest in play­ers as op­posed to star power and rep­u­ta­tion.

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