Gujarat Titans CEO reveals Mohammed Shami was approached by another team, Hardik Pandya might get banned

Recently, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was traded to Mumbai Indians from Gujarat Titans despite being retained by the 2022 winners ahead of the player auction

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Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya

Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya (Image Credit: Twitter)

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya's transfer to his first IPL team, Mumbai Indians raised a lot of questions. Notably, ahead of the player retention before the IPL 2024 player auction, it was reported that Pandya will move back to MI. However, at the end of the player auction, Gujarat Titans retained him. However, a few hours after this, the five-time winners announced that the India all-rounder had made his comeback to the team.

Meanwhile, the fans and experts have been divided over the matter. While some have said that it wasn't the right way to change teams, giving the example of Ravindra Jadeja. For the unversed, the left-hander tried to sign a contract with another team while he was with the Rajasthan Royals. While the deal didn't execute, the Champions Trophy 2013 winner was banned for a year. This might be the same case for Pandya

Former KKR director Joy Bhattacharya had also raised the issue. He said, "It is wrong to directly contact players for IPL trade."

Mohammed Shami was also approached by another team: Gujarat Titans COO

In an interview with News18, Gujarat Titans COO Colonel Arvinder Singh has revealed that another franchise approached Mohammed Shami. The former expressed his disappointment over the matter.

"Every franchise has the right to go for top players. The wrong part is that if an IPL franchise directly approaches a player. The method is wrong and the GT team management is not happy with the approach. The Indian Cricket Board's rule regarding player trade-odds, how the expression of interest cane be made to BCCI and then they will inform us. Then the franchise decides. This IPL team approached our coaching staff which is wrong. If they wanted the transfer, they could have talked to us upfront. We got to know about the approach later on."

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