The Indian Premier League mini auction is scheduled to take place either on 18 or 19 February in Chennai ahead of the 2021 edition of the league. Speaking to ANI, sources knowing developments said that the mini auction ahead of the 14th edition will take place on either of the two dates. However, a final decision is expected soon. The second Test match ends on February 17 in Chennai. So, we’re going to go to either 18 or 19, and the venue is Chennai,’ said the source.
At the location of this year’s tournament, a call must also be taken. Though India will be the cash-rich league’s preferred venue, a call will be made in a while.
If they can keep the cash-rich league in India, the domestic competitions being played out might well give the BCCI an idea. The UAE will certainly be the second pick, given how well the 13th edition of the tournament was organized.
IPL 2021 Venue
“India will be the preferred choice, but it also depends a lot on how the situation is and a better picture will be got after the Mushtaq Ali tournament plays out. UAE was excellent and there is no doubt the Emirates Cricket Board ensured everything went on smoothly. But then, it is the Indian T20 league and we will look to host it here if possible and with the government’s approval,” a source pointed.
In 2020, the BCCI arranged a grand show and hosted the IPL in the UAE with aplomb. The teams were not only placed into individual bio-secure bubbles. But the host broadcasters also ensured that all strict protocols were followed. So, that it assists them in the successful hosting of the league in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
When 20 crore people tuned in to watch the match, the opening match of the IPL between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings broke viewership records. CSK managed to beat the Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener on September 19.
Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, went to Twitter to announce the feat. Match opener #Dream11IPL sets a new record! An estimated 20 crore individuals tuned in to watch the match, as per BARC. He wrote on Twitter that no league has ever opened as big as this. It was the highest opening day audience for any sporting league in any world.