Wednesday, 07 December 2022

Ipl mega auction to likely held on Feb 7 and 8 in Bengaluru

Ipl mega auction to held likely on Feb 7 and 8 in Bengaluru

On Wednesday. A senior BCCI official said The Board of Control for Cricket in India plans to hold the two-day mega auction Indian Premier League auction on 7 and 8 February in Bengaluru,

It could be the last mega auction BCCI might conduct as most original IPL franchises want it to be discontinued.

A senior BCCI official told PTI.

“Unless the COVID-19 situation get worsens, we will have the IPL mega auction in India. The two-day event will be held on 7 and 8 February and like other years, we plan to hold it in india in Bengaluru. Preparations are underway,”

There were reports that an auction would be held in the UAE, but BCCI has no such plans.

But, with the emergence of the new variant Omicron of COVID-19 and on the rise of cases, the situation will remain fluid, but if there are restrictions regarding overseas travel (unless all owners decide to use charter planes), conducting it in India will be less of a logistical nightmare.

Ipl mega auction to likely held on Feb 7 and 8 in Bengaluru 1Twitter image: @IPL

Read More: List of IPL 2022 Retentions

This year’s IPL will be a 10-team affair with Sanjiv Goenka-owned Lucknow franchise, and venture capital firm CVC acknowledged Ahmedabad making the debut in the Indian premier league.

CVC franchises are, however, waiting for their Letter of Intent from the BCCI but are expected to get an all-clear in the next few weeks.

Both teams have time until Christmas to announce their three draft picks, but BCCI might extend the dates for both as CVC has yet to get clearance.

Most franchise owners feel that mega auctions have passed their sell-by-date, and a team’s composition and balance get severely compromised when there are auctions after every three years.

Jindal had said after players’ retention was announced 30th November.

“It is very unhappy to lose Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, and Shreyas Iyer. The auction procedure itself is something like this. Going ahead, IPL should look at this matter because it’s not that you construct a team, give the opportunity to young players, groom them and get them opportunities from team, play for the country and then you lose them after years of playing,” 

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