BCCI expected to postpone mega auction for the 2021 IPL edition indefinitely

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As the 2020 edition of Indian Premier League will take place in the UAE from September 19, the BCCI has decided not to host the mega auction which is due for the 2021 IPL, according to a report in the Times of India. The auction, as of now, has been postponed for an indefinite time period owing to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

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The report further suggested that the teams might have to play with the existing set of players, except for the replacements of injured players for the franchises. As the BCCI are eyeing to host the 2021 season in Feb-Mar window, that leaves nearly four months of time to the board to complete the auction, which might not be a suitable idea looking the current situation of the pandemic.

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In fact, franchises are also agreed with the BCCI that there might not be enough time for the teams to rebuild their entire team for the next season.

Following are the points to consider:

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a) Restructuring of auction purse – presently at Rs 85 cr per year

b) Entering into a contract with Indian and overseas players to put together a comprehensive auction list – a time-consuming process

c) Allowing franchisees to prepare for the bidding as the teams usually take 4-6 months to prepare for auction strategies

d) Any kind of brand activation when new players are on the board.

“What’s the point in doing a mega auction now and not have enough time to plan it properly? IPL might as well go ahead and finish the 2021 edition of the tournament and then see how it wants to go about,” said a source.

While the ECB and the BCCI have called off this year’s series, if next year’s IPL takes place in time, it might affect the England series as well. England are to scheduled to tout to India in mid-January for Tests, ODIs and T20Is series.

“Technically, BCCI will have not more than 40-45 odd days to conclude the entire England tour, so one can expect a reduction in the number of Tests,” say those are tracking developments.

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