How Will The IPL Auction 2021 Pan Out?

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Indian Premier League: The IPL Auction has always been a highly celebrated season for cricket viewers. This is not only because of the high level of cricket which is played during the season but due to the build-up. The build-up of IPL starts from the auction in the pre-season.

IPL Auction is the time where all the teams participating in the T20 league get to choose and bid for the players they want on their side. All the IPL teams have a limited pocket from which they have to bid on the players.

IPL generally begins in March and goes on for the next 6 weeks every year. So,Guest Posting an IPL auction is generally held in December in the previous year.

IPL 2020 was also scheduled to begin from March 29 but due to global lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic, the T20 tournament was rescheduled in September 2020. IPL Auction for the 2020 season was held in December 2019.

IPL 2020 Auction was record breaking in terms of the money spent on players. Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins broke the record of being the most expensive foreign player ever in the IPL. He was bought for ¹15.5cr by Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) franchise. The previous record for most expensive foreign player in IPL was with Ben Stokes, who was sold for ¹14.5cr to Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017.

Other than Pat Cummins, his Australian teammate Glenn Maxwell too had a good auction as he was bought for ¹10.75cr to Kings XI Punjab(KXIP). South African all-rounder Chris Morris was bought for ¹10cr to Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB).

One of the surprising picks was of Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for ¹6.75cr, the highest among domestic players. He was bought by Chennai Super Kings(CSK).

IPL 2021 Auction:

The IPL 2020 season is in its business end now with seven teams still in the race for playoffs barring Chennai Super Kings(CSK) currently. Hence, the preparations for IPL 2021 have now begun. It is understood that the next season of IPL will be played in India if everything goes well. IPL 2020 was rescheduled to UAE due to the lockdown restrictions in India.

Earlier, IPL mega auctions were to be held for IPL 2021 season in December 2020. However, since IPL 2020 was rescheduled late in the year, there is a case of mega auctions being cancelled for the next year.

It is believed that there might be no mega auction for IPL 2021 which is held every 3 years but there might be exchange of players in the month of december with a regular auction in place. There is no clarity regarding the auction process for IPL 2021 so far.

Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) CEO Venky Mysore is also in favour of postponement of Mega IPL Auction for IPL 2021 stating that there will be a short time in between the end of IPL 2020 and the next season which will begin in April-May in 2021.

"I've heard that as well and it's not a bad idea to push it back by a year, considering we'll have such a short period of time between the finals this season and the start of the next edition in April-May. So it's not a bad idea but has to be thought through," Venky Mysore said.

Last Mega IPL Auction was held back in 2017 when Chennai Super Kings(CSK) and Rajasthan Royals(RR) returned from their 2 years ban. The teams always prepare their team according to the 3 year period between the two mega auctions. If the IPL Mega Auction or rather even a small scale auction is not held for IPL 2021, the teams will more or less have play the same bunch of squad. It will be interesting to see how this whole process pans out for IPL 2021, aslo read Lanka Premier League 2020


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