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IPL 2021 Auction
Post the IPL 2020 show the eyes were on the IPL 2021 auction date. BCCI hinted that it would include an additional team in IPL 2021 which could result in full players auction.
Usually, BCCI would organise the IPL auction at the end of December while the tournament will be played between April and May. But owing to the COVID-19 pandemic the IPL 2020 has been postponed to September and finals have been played on November 10.
This makes the fans to raise questions regarding IPL 2021 auction date.
Full Players Auction for IPL 2021?
If BCCI decides to host IPL 2021 in India during the March-April season then they should host the auction as soon as possible.
Cricket experts feel that the addition of an extra franchise would definitely result in full players auction. Earlier during the ban of CSK and RR from IPL, two new teams have been formed by blending the banned two teams along with some other players. Later the new two teams have been terminated after the CSK and RR ban lift.
In IPL 2021 if a new team is added then the full players action would be a better idea for the franchise.
Would CSK get benefit from a full auction?
After the IPL 2020, one team which is desperate to rebuild itself is Chennai Super Kings. For them having a full player auction will be a welcome relief.
Even MS Dhoni during the post-match interview after playing the last league game of IPL 2020 stated that rebuilding the team will depend on what decision BCCI takes for the next players auction.
“We have to wait and see what BCCI decide on the next season’s player auctions”, Dhoni had said in reply to CSK’s rebuilding plans for IPL 2021.
Not only CSK, but teams like Rajasthan Royals, KingsXI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore according to a source also has indicated to the BCCI in an informal discussion that they will welcome full player auctions for the next season.
IPL 2021 auction date
If the plans for full player auctions have to go ahead, then BCCI will have to take final decisions soon. The auctions will have to be completed before the 1st or 2nd week of January which is just 7 weeks away.
BCCI plans to include a new team in IPL 2021?
IPL 2020 has been played between eight teams where Mumbai Indians lifts the IPL 2020 trophy. BCCI to balance the financial crisis has been planned to include an additional team in IPL 2021.
According to The Hindu report, the full auction is being planned since “the BCCI has plans to add a ninth team” for the 2021 edition.
According to a report in The Hindu, there are plans by the BCCI to conduct the entire mega-auction before the start of the tournament.
Which is the new team in IPL 2021?
The major news could be that the IPL 2021 could feature a ninth team and that could be from Gujarat. The Motera Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad was renovated last year and now has a record capacity of 1,10,000, surpassing the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s 90,000.