The IPL governing body earlier this week announced the deadline for player retentions and the trading window.
The IPL’s GC has decided that all the eight franchises will be allowed to submit the list for the names of their retained players by January 21, the IPL chairman, Brijesh Patel said on Thursday. Patel and members of the IPL GC recently did a virtual meeting earlier this week where they discussed the planning and preparations for the next IPL at length.
“We will have the players’ retention till January 21 and the trading window for the franchises closes on February 4,” Patel, the former India Test batsman told PTI while informing that the date of the auction is yet to be finalized.
It is highly expected that the three-time IPL winner, Chennai Super Kings might release two big names, Piyush Chawla and Kedar Jadhav on the basis of this year’s poor performance.
The Champions of IPL 2020 and 5 times IPL winner are likely to retain all their big names and may release few as to increase their purse from Rs 1.95 crore. Rajasthan Royals have the maximum purse of Rs 14.75 crore, who also might release some of their big names including Jaydev Unadkat, Sunrisers Hyderabad have Rs 10.1 crore, Delhi Capitals of Rs 9 crore, Kolkata Knight Riders of Rs 8.5 crore, and Royal Challengers Bangalore of Rs 6.4 crore.
It is expected that the mini-auction is likely to happen in the mid-week of February after the end of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which is going to start from 10th of January, and will end on 31st January so that the IPL franchises could scout talented youngsters from the domestic cricket.
All of the eight teams in the tournament enjoy a players’ purse of Rs 85 crore and Patel said that there will be “no increase of purse” for the 2021 auction.
It is also that the IPL GC will still have to wait for some more time before finalizing their venue country to host IPL, whether to host the tournament in India or somewhere else depending upon the situation of the pandemic.
“The BCCI will wait for a month to see how the COVID-19 situation is in India before finalising the schedule. Everyone wants it to be held in India but we still need to wait for some more time before taking a call,” a BCCI source said.