Reports: IPL 2021 auction likely in February; India first-choice as hosts for upcoming edition

Reports: IPL 2021 auction likely in February; India first-choice as hosts for upcoming edition

It’s been learned that the trading window has been opened after the meeting and the teams have been asked to release players by January 21.

Rohit Sharma captain of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma captain of Mumbai Indians. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) has, pretty much, been on their toes, scratching their heads for the resumption of domestic cricket in the country that includes the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL). India remains as the first-choice hosts of the T20 tournament, but the situation in the country regarding the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t quite under control yet.

Hence, the BCCI is open to moving the tournament to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) if need be. The previous edition took place in the Gulf Country from September 19 to November 10. The T20 event was set to take place in the month of March but had to be postponed by nearly six months because of the coronavirus outbreak that rocked the world severely.

IPL 2021 mini-auction likely on February 11

As per reports, the IPL governing council met on Monday, January 4 to make further decisions on the 2021 IPL. It’s been learned that the trading window has been opened after the meeting and the teams have been asked to release players by January 21. If reports are to be believed, a mini-auction is set to be held in the second week of February, mostly around February 11.

Earlier, reports of BCCI conducting a full-fledged auction were doing the rounds. But due to time constraints, a mini-auction is most likely to take place. However, the upcoming edition of the IPL depends a lot on the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scheduled to begin on January 10.

“How we approach the next IPL is dependent on how the Mushtaq Ali plays out,” a BCCI member was quoted as saying in Mumbai Mirror. The SMAT marks the return of domestic cricket in India. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, and Suryakumar Yadav among others are set to take part.

The games will be played at six venues, namely Chennai, Indore, Baroda, Bangalore, Kolkata, Mumbai. The knockout matches will be held in Ahmedabad. The players also have a chance to impress the selectors by playing well in the tournament.

In the previous edition of the league, Devdutt Padikkal impressed after which Royal Challengers Bangalore called him up. As far as the IPL is concerned, Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma, are the defending champions, having won the title five times.