Protests over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act notwithstanding, the Indian Premier League players’ auction for the Indian Premier League will go ahead in Kolkata as scheduled on Thursday.
There have been reports of violence in West Bengal but Kolkata hasn’t exactly been affected.
Delhi Capitals’ management team that will be representing the franchise at the auction is scheduled to reach Kolkata today (Tuesday) to start their final preparation.
“As of Monday evening, IPL auctions are on. Franchises will start arriving by Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning,” a senior BCCI said.
As many as 332 cricketers will go under the hammer at the IPL auction in Kolkata on December 19 with Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and South African Dale Steyn among the list of seven, who have opted for the highest base price of ₹2 crore.
This year’s auction is a small one with only 73 slots, with a maximum of 29 overseas players, to be filled by the eight franchises.
Ahead of the IPL 2020 Auction scheduled for Thursday in Kolkata, the City of Joy has faced protest march to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act, which paves the way to grant Indian citizenship to the non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.