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How BCCI is preparing for IPL 2018 mega splurge

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If you thought only Indian skipper Virat Kohli was getting his priorities wrong, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) was not to be left behind. On a day Kohli made some baffling changes in the squad for the second Test in Centurion, with in-form Bhuvneshwar Kumar making way for Ishant Sharma, the press release from the BCCI was all about wrong timing.

At a time when social media does not waste seconds in lashing out at the logic-defying decisions made by Kohli, the BCCI seems inert to all this.

The Indian Premier League mega auction for the 11th edition will be taking place in Bengaluru in a fortnight’s time. Yet, it chose Saturday to come out with the news that even Joe Root wishes to be part of the auction along with another 25 players from England.

There is nothing like watching Test cricket and relishing it or loathing it if things do not go the fans’ way. In the best of times, the BCCI decisions have been bizarre, so to put out a press release highlighting details of players available for the auction was not great timing.

Given the short attention span of sports fans these days, with so much news and views to consume in the digital world, the IPL auction details does make the news.

Take the classic case of England. When the IPL began........

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