Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 10 Aug 2020, 10:17:00 AM IST
K. Srinivasa Rao, Mumbai
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided not to hold the mega auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at present. In this big auction, all franchisees prepare their team from the beginning. The board has postponed the auction indefinitely due to Kovid-19.
According to the news of our associate newspaper Times of India, there is also a possibility that the board may not conduct any auction this time. In such a case, the franchise will have to play the next season with the same players. Yes, a replacement can be found if a player is unavailable due to injury or any other reason.
The 13th edition of the IPL will end on November 10. After this, the board will have only four and a half months for the next season of IPL. The board will try to run the league for more than 50 days and have close to 60 matches to compensate for the losses that the stakeholders have suffered this year.
Franchises also appear to agree with the board's thinking. They also know that there is lack of enough time and time to build a new team. Apart from this, there will be many other reasons, such as-
1) – Resetting the IPL purse. It currently stands at Rs 85 crore.
2) – By negotiating with Indian and foreign players to prepare a good auction list – this may take a lot of time.
3) – Giving franchisees time to prepare for bidding – Teams usually take four to six months to prepare for auction.
4) – After adding new players together, brand activity is also quite time consuming.
A source said, 'What is the point of doing a mega auction when we do not have full time to plan it properly? IPL can happen and we can see these things again after the 2021 edition.