IPL 2021 Player Auctions : No mega auction on cards for IPL 2021, BCCI likely to conduct mini-auctions by mid-February

IPL 2021 Player Auctions : It is almost final now that no MEGA-PLAYER AUCTIONS will be conducted for the 14th edition of IPL (IPL 2021). Instead BCCI will conduct the mini-auctions by mid February. The full-fledged mega-player auctions will now be conducted for IPL 2022 once the two new teams are on board next year.

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The official decision in this regard will be taken post BCCI AGM on December 24th.

BCCI was earlier considering to conduct full auctions before IPL 2021. But now full auctions will only be conducted after the new teams get inducted in IPL next year.

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‘Full auction will not be possible this time because of time constraints and other issues. Rather we will conduct mini-auctions where franchises can bid for few new players. The dates of the auctions and other things are still to be decided’, said one of the BCCI official to InsideSport.

So now the big question is when & how will IPL 2021 Mini-Auctions be conducted ?

According to the information coming in from various BCCI officials – the mini-auctions for IPL 2021 will be conducted sometime in February.

India’s domestic T20 tournament Syed Mushtaq Ali will be conducted from 10th Jan to 31st. The tournament will be window for IPL franchises to gauge performances of the domestic hopefuls and recruit new talent in their teams.

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It is worth noting that franchises had only contract till IPL 2020 with the existing set of players. Before the mini-auctions BCCI and franchises will complete contractual formalities with those players whom teams would like to retain for IPL 2021 season.

IPL 2021 Mini-Auctions : What does it mean for IPL teams ?

Some of the IPL franchises with settled team like Mumbai Indians will be happy with the conduct of mini-auctions. But at the same time, teams like Chennai Super Kings which were looking to rebuild their squad after IPL 2020 debacle would be disappointed with the development.

Once BCCI and IPL Governing Council formally approves the date of Mini-Auctions, franchises will start the process of retaining or releasing the players from their squads.

Some of the players who may not be retained by the IPL franchises includes the likes of Glenn Maxwell (KXIP), Kedar Jadhav (CSK), Dinesh Karthik (KKR), Jaydev Unadkat (RR), Imran Tahir (CSK), Kuldeep Yadav (KKR), Sheldon Cottrell (KXIP) and few others.

Whatever it is – IPL fans should be ready for action packed months of January & February where franchises will get busy with their player strategies.