The 2021 edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) auction is likely to take place on February 11, with the franchises set to submit the list of retained and released players till January 20. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are yet announce the dates and venues for the upcoming cricketing as the Board still considering “limited” subject to the pandemic situation.
The venue for the lond-day auction has not been finalized yet either. However, reports claim that it will take place in the short break between the first and the second Test of the India-England Test series which begins in February. The first two Tests of the England series are scheduled in Chennai with the first match to be played between February 5-9. The second Test will run from 13th to 17th.
Meanwhile, the three-person panel headed by Brijesh Patel which also includes former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha discussed over various options for the IPL 2021 venue. According to reports, the governing council is waiting for the improvement of the pandemic situation before making a decision of whether India will host the 14th edition of the tournament.
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“The MoU with the Emirates Cricket Board has been signed for long-term so shifting it to UAE like in 2020 won’t be too much of a hassle,” a BCCI source told a news portal. “It will be best to wait for a month more and judge the possible impact of the pandemic on the IPL.” The talks will likely to begin in the second week of April 2021.
In case of limited venues, the top contenders for staging the tournament include Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata. These venues were under consideration even last year before the pandemic forced the BCCI to move IPL to three venues in the UAE. The BCCI is expected to formally announce the timelines later this week, once president Sourav Ganguly is discharged from the hospital.
Last year, Mumbai Indians have successfully defended their Indian Premier League (IPL) title and clinched their fifth trophy after thrashing Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the final in Dubai. Brilliant hostile bowling led by Trent Boult took MI to victory, now the most successful team in IPL history, chased 157 with eight balls to spare as captain Rohit Sharma hit 68.
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