After star women's doubles players Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa's criticism of the organizers for reducing their base price at the players' auction without informing them, Rupesh and Sanave have also complained of getting a raw deal. (Agencies)
Sanave, Rupesh were picked up by Pune Pistols
Sanave and Rupesh, who were ranked 13th in the world at one stage of their career, were picked up by Pune Pistols for USD 5,000.
"It is a shocker for me. I am really sad. In the contract it was clearly mentioned that senior Indian players who have played in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Thomas Cup and Super Series events will have a base price starting from USD 15,000. But I don't know what happened," Rupesh said.
"I never speak up but this time I could not keep quiet. I have to take a stand soon. Sporty Solutionz (joint organizers of IBL) has sent me the contract. They have asked me to sign it and send it back to them but I don't know what to do," he said.
Sanave too cries foul over decision to reduce base price
Rupesh's doubles partner, Sanave too cried foul over the IBL organizers decision to reduce their base price.
"I signed the contract for USD 15,000 but then I heard from media that our base price was slashed to USD 5,000. That is very difficult to accept," said Sanave.
"The organizers said the base price of all senior Indian players, who have played in international tournaments such as Commonwealth Games, will start from USD 15,000. I really don't understand what went wrong. I got a call yesterday from IBL asking me to sign the contract and then only I got to know about it," he added.
Rupesh and Sanave are the latest to express their dissatisfaction over IBL organizers decision to slash the base prices of some Indian players.
Commonwealth Games gold medallists Jwala and Ashwini, who were icon players for the event, had earlier blasted the IBL organizers after their USD 50,000 base tags were reduced to USD 25,000 after they went unsold at Sunday's closed bidding.
After star women's doubles players Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa's criticism of the organizers for reducing their base price at the players' auction without informing them, Rupesh and Sanave have also complained of getting a raw deal.