We are trying to ensure all IPL games take place in India: Amitabh Choudhary
The general elections in India are clashing with IPL dates.
Updated - Dec 19, 2018 11:26 am
The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction took place in Jaipur on Tuesday. But even as the teams have got finalised, the venue and schedule of the next season is not confirmed yet. With the general elections set to take place in April next year (whose dates are also not finalised yet), the BCCI has found itself in a state of flux. Meanwhile, BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary has informed that they are still waiting for election dates to be confirmed.
With the World Cup also scheduled to be played from May 30, the IPL has been sandwiched in two different issues this time around. It will not be starting in the second week of April and the T20 extravaganza has to end on or before May 20 to meet the rules of the Lodha Committee.
In the meantime, Amitabh Choudhary, during the auction, confirmed that they are hoping to host all the matches of the T20 tournament in India. “We are trying our best to ensure that not a single game is taken out of India,” he was quoted as saying by Times Now.
60 players picked in the auction
Meanwhile, the much-awaited auction was hosted superbly by the new auctioneer Hugh Edmeades. A total of 60 players were picked during the event among the 70 available slots across eight teams. Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy turned out to be the most expensive buys on the day. They were paid a whopping amount of Rs 8.4 crores by the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab respectively.
Almost all the teams look settled now as the majority of them overhauled their line-up. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were the only team to pick two players as they only had those many available slots in the auction. They have continued to keep faith in the same set of players who won the team their third title earlier this year. It will be interesting to see if they move pays off once again.