The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction by a week from the proposed date of December 16, and moved the venue to Kochi.
Informal communications seem to have gone to the franchises notifying them about change in date – to December 23 – and the new venue.
Indian media that the BCCI had been looking for a potential venue once the Istanbul plan could not materialise. Finding a place that could accommodate over 200 representatives from the 10 IPL teams and with sufficient presidential suits for the owners hadn’t been an easy task in the wedding season.
After even considering Goa, the BCCI has zeroed in on Kochi.
December 23 means the auction, commencing in the afternoons, could clash with a couple sessions of India’s Test against Bangladesh on what could be the second day of the second and final Test in Dhaka. Besides, the auction will be just a couple of days prior to Christmas.
Ahead of the late-December rendezvous for the IPL teams, an important date is November 15, when the franchises will have to release players to generate funds for the auction. They will have an automatic increment of Rs 5 crore in salary cap but that would hardly be enough to do any transaction at the auction.
The teams will be forced to release some of their non-performing big players and among them could be Mayank Agarwal, Odean Smith, Sahrdul Thakur, Shivam Mavi, Kane Williamson, Romario Shephered, Jason Holder and KS Bharat. There has been a lot of debate over Ravindra Jadeja’s position in the Chennai Super Kings but the franchise officials keep reiterating that the India all-rounder will not be let go of.