IPL 2020 is a wrap as Mumbai Indians decimated Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
However, not finding any cricket on their TV sets at 7:30 PM has been challenging to deal with. Therefore, as a coping up mechanism, the fans have already started talking about IPL 2021.
Grateful for them, the planning has already started for IPL 2021. The Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) will have to conduct the IPL 2021 roughly four months from now on. However, the biggest decision which BCCI has to take is whether to conduct full-fledged player auctions or let the teams continue with the existing squads.
A full auction or will the teams continue with their existing squads?
The first and really positive indication coming from the BCCI camp is that a full auction will be conducted for the IPL 2021. The auction will be conducted either at the end of December or the first week of January. Reportedly, the BCCI has informally discussed the matter with franchises as well. The final decision will be taken in the next 2-3 weeks according to a BCCI official.
“Time constraints are there but the full auction will be in the interest of everyone. IPL Governing Council will formally decide on this in the next 2 weeks and communicate to everyone concerned”, said the BCCI source.
Interestingly back in 2018, the BCCI had indicated that the board will look to add a potential 9th team in the IPL. When asked about the possibility of adding another team in IPL 2021, the official believes it’s too early to talk about it as per the 2021 season is concerned.
“Too early to discuss this”, replied the BCCI official. ” It is too premature to talk about new editions at this stage”.
It will be interesting to see a full auction as teams like Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, and Kings XI Punjab would look to build a new skeleton for their team. It will also be beneficial for talented Indian players who have been toiling in the domestic circuit or working under the watchful eye of Rahul Dravid.
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