The massive IPL auction has “outlived its purpose,” according to the organizers. Venky Mysore, the CEO of Kolkata Knight Riders, and Parth Jindal, the co-owner of Delhi Capitals, believe this. The harsh words came on Tuesday, as the presidents of two of the eight existing T20 franchises finalized their player retention ahead of the major auction in 2022. While Mysore said the large auction was no longer a “level-playing field,” Jindal said it was “heartbreaking” to put so much time and money into so many players just to lose them three years later.

“The league is approaching a tipping point where you have to wonder if a large auction is actually something that has to be part of this whole process,” Mysore told ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday while discussing the Knight Riders’ retention. Alternatively, you may have drafts for new players coming in, trades, and loans to allow teams to put together a long-term plan.”

Both teams kept four players but had to let go of others who had been a part of their core group for several years. Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Rahul Tripathi, and Nitish Rana, for example, left the Knight Riders, while Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, R Ashwin, and others left the Capitals.

Despite Shreyas Iyer’s decision to quit the Capitals and return to the auction, Jindal believed the scenario might have been avoided. “It was heartbreaking to lose Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, and Ashwin,” Jindal remarked on Tuesday while speaking to Star Sports, the host broadcaster. “It’s just that this auction process is built this way, and I think the IPL should look into it going forward because it’s not really fair that you build a team, give youngsters a chance, groom them through your set-up, and they get opportunities, they play for your franchise, then they go and play for their county or their respective countries, and then you lose them after three years.”