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Is auction of humans at IPL a good idea, asks Manish Tiwari

SNS | New Delhi |

While India is watching with bated breath the ongoing auctions of cricketers at the Indian Premier League (IPL), not many appear to be pleased with the idea of humans going under the hammer. One of them is Congress leader Manish Tiwari.

Tiwari, a former MoS Information and Broadcasting, expressed his view on the auction in a tweet posted on Saturday, 27 January.

In his tweet, the Congress leader asked if the auction of humans at the IPL is a good idea.

“Is an auction of human beings (read IPL Players) a good idea? Auction of humans used to take place in barbaric ages. Can’t there be a more dignified method of evaluating skill and talent?” he wrote.

He pointed out that humans were sold in auctions in the medieval ages and called for a better method of evaluating players.

While some of famous players have been sold for huge sums, the swashbuckling Chris Gayle and England Test team captain Joe Root remained unsold.

But England’s Ben Stokes was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.5 crore.

Carlos Brathwaite went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2 crore, Chris Woakes will play for RCB for Rs 7.40 crore, Manish Pandey will play for SRH for Rs 11 crore and Hashim Amla remained unsold.