IPL 2022 mega auction likely to be held in Bengaluru in two days

A senior BCCI official said on Wednesday that the BCCI is planning to conduct the auction of the two-day Indian Premier League in Bengaluru on February 7 and 8. This could be the last mega auction that BCCI can organize as most of the original IPL franchises want to call it off. “We will have a mega auction of IPL in India until the COVID-19 situation worsens. The two-day event will be held on February 7 and 8 and like other years, we are planning to organize it in Bengaluru. Preparations are underway,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

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There were reports that the auction would take place in the UAE but at the moment BCCI has no such plans. However, with the emergence and rising cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the situation will remain fluid but if there are restrictions regarding foreign travel (unless all owners decide to use charter planes), its operations in India Will be less. of a logistical nightmare.

This year’s IPL will be a 10-team affair with the Sanjeev Goenka-owned Lucknow franchise, with venture capital firm CVC-owned Ahmedabad making its debut in the cash-rich league. Although the CVC is waiting for its letter of intent from the BCCI, it is expected that everything will be cleared in the next few weeks.

Both the teams have time till Christmas to announce their three drafts but BCCI may extend the date for both as the CVC is yet to get the nod. Most franchise owners feel that mega auctions have exceeded their sell-by date and that the composition and balance of a team is seriously compromised when auctions take place after every three years.

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Delhi Capitals co-owner Parth Jindal actually went on record saying how difficult it is to release players in an effort to build a team.

Very sad to lose Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada and Ashwin. The auction process itself is something like this. Going forward IPL should focus on this because it’s not like you build a team, give chances to young players, groom them and give them opportunities from franchises, play for the country and then you give them three years. lose later.” The players’ retention was announced on 30 November.

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