IPL 2018: All you need to know about the all new mid-season transfer window

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a behemoth today. It has grown from strength to strength in the past decade and has caught the fancy of world cricket with every passing year. IPL 2018 will see a new innovation in this world renowned league now. For the first time since its inception in 2008, the IPL is all set to have a mid-season transfer window.

Popular football leagues like EPL or La Liga have had the practice of players swapping sides in the middle of the season for long. However, this will be for the first time this will happen in the IPL. The unique initiative has added a fresh dimension to the league and fans and cricketers alike are extremely excited by this move.

"The mid-season transfer window will give the teams an opportunity to see what they need in the squad and other teams will also be looking at what players they can get," Mumbai Indians captain, Rohit Sharma, was quoted as saying. "It completely depends on the franchise if a situation comes when we need to get a player or give a player. It is good for the tournament and will add even more value to the tournament."

The primary motive of this initiative is to ensure that those players – both foreign and domestic – who have not been utilized by their respective franchises can be purchased and used by other teams. It has happened in several seasons in the past that some youngsters have been picked in the IPL by franchises, but they never got an opportunity to play. This new transfer window will allow some teams to go for some of the youngsters or other international stars who they think might bolster their squad in the middle of the season. Let us understand the IPL mid-season transfer window in a little more detail.

What exactly is the IPL mid-season transfer window?

A team might think that a certain player has not been of much use to them in the season and they would prefer him to be transferred to another franchise. Alternatively, a franchise which has been struggling with injuries or out of form players might think that a certain player from another team might be beneficial to them and hence would get the opportunity to do it.

Quite simply put, the IPL mid-season transfer window will help in better utilizing some of the unused players from each squad.

The IPL mid-season transfer window will be active from Match 28 (April 29) to Match 42 (May 10) of the eleventh season of the IPL. The window will close on 10 May after the conclusion of the match between Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad. In between this period of 12 days, the franchises can look to revamp their squads.

How does it work?

In the 12-day transfer window, both uncapped and capped (both domestic and foreign) players will be eligible. However, there is a catch here. Only those capped players who have played less than two matches for their franchise so far will be available for selection in the transfer window. Like every year, this season too has seen a number of players who haven’t had the opportunity to feature in more than one game and have largely been relegated to the benches. Hence, players like Adam Milne, JP Duminy (both Mumbai Indians), Sandeep Lamichhane (Delhi Daredevils), Alex Hales (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali (both Royal Challengers Bangalore) and David Willey (Chennai Super Kings) can be swapped between franchises. Uncapped players in the team are also eligible for a transfer.

The IPL mid-season transfer window has certainly added a new dimension to the league and while it may take the franchises some time to get used to it, this move is laudable and welcome. It will not just benefit young uncapped players and underutilized international cricketers who feature in the league it will also improve the reputation of the tournament and will make IPL a bigger and better brand in the coming years.