The BCCI plans to hold the two-day Indian Premier League mega auction in Bengaluru on February 7-8, a senior BCCI official said on Wednesday. It just might be the last mega sale BCCI could hold as most of the original IPL franchises want it to be discontinued.
“Unless the COVID-19 situation worsens, we will hold the IPL mega-sale in India. The two-day event will be held on February 7 and 8, and like other years, we plan to hold it in Bengaluru. Preparations are underway the corridor,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on terms of anonymity.
There were reports that an auction will be held in the UAE, but at the moment BCCI has no such plans.
However, with the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the increasing cases, the situation will remain fluid, but if there are restrictions regarding travel abroad (unless all owners decide to use charter aircraft), carrying them out will in India are less of a logistical nightmare.
This year’s IPL will be a 10-team affair, with Sanjiv Goenka owning the Lucknow franchise and Ahmedabad-owned venture capital firm CVC making its debut in the cash-rich league.
However, CVC is awaiting its letter of intent from the BCCI but is expected to become fully clear in the coming weeks.
Both teams have until Christmas to announce their three draft picks, but BCCI can extend the dates for both as CVC has not yet received approval.
Most franchisees believe that mega auctions have passed their sell-by date and that the composition and balance of a team is seriously compromised when auctions are held every three years.
Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal had in fact said that it is difficult to release players after making an effort to build a team.
“It’s very sad to lose Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada and Ashwin. The auction process itself is something like this. In the future IPL should look at this because it’s not like you build a team, give opportunities to young players, take care of them and get opportunities from franchises, play for the country and then you lose them after three years,” Jindal had said after the player retention was announced on Nov. 30.
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