Earlier this week, the IPL Governing Council had a virtual meeting where the player retention deadline and the trade window were finalised. The governing council of the IPL has agreed that by January 21, the eight franchises will be able to apply the names of their retained players, Brijesh Patel, the chairman of the league, said on Thursday. Earlier this week, Patel and representatives of the IPL GC had a virtual meeting where the planning and arrangements for the next IPL were discussed at length. We will have the retention of the players until January 21 and the franchise trading window closes on February 4 for the IPL 2021 Auction, says Brijesh Patel.
The mini-auction that is scheduled to be held this year for the current eight teams is expected to take place in the second or third week of February. A players’ purse of Rs 85 crore is enjoyed by the eight IPL teams and Patel said there would be “no increase of purse” for the 2021 auction. It is expected that at least two major players like Kedar Jadhav and Piyush Chawla will be released by Chennai Super Kings, one team that only had Rs 15 lakh left after the last auction, and increase their purse. As it’s a very set team, Mumbai Indians will likely retain most of their players and can release a few players here and there to raise their purse from Rs 1.95 crore. The highest purse is Rs 14.75 crore for the Rajasthan Royals, followed by Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rs 10.1 crore), Delhi Capitals (Rs 9 crore), Kolkata Knight Riders (Rs 8.5 crore) and Bangalore Royal Challengers (Rs 6.4 crore). It has been learned that the board of directors has agreed to wait a month before finalizing whether or not IPL-14 will take place in India. Before finalizing the plan, the BCCI will wait for a month to see how the COVID-19 situation is in India.’
“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.