The date of the mini-auction for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been announced. This time the players will be auctioned on February 18 in Chennai. This was announced on Wednesday (January 27) from the official Twitter handle of the tournament. A mini-auction will be held between India and England in Chennai after the first two Tests. The series will start from February 5 while the second Test will be played from February 13 to 17.
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to decide whether the IPL will be held in India or not. However, board chairman Sourav Ganguly has reiterated that every effort will be made to bring the league home. The 2020 phase was carried out in the United Arab Emirates in September-November due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. The smooth running of India’s domestic series against England starting next month should pave the way for a breathtaking league on home soil.
The Kings XI Punjab team has the highest amount (Rs 53.20 crore) for the auction. It is followed by Royal Challengers Bengaluru with Rs 35.90 crore and Rajasthan Royals with Rs 34.85 crore. Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have the same amount of Rs 10.75 crore for the auction.
The deadline for retaining players expired on January 20 and the ‘trading window’ will close on February 4. Top Australian players like Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell were released by Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab on the last date of retention respectively. Players like Chris Morris, Harbhajan Singh and Aaron Finch were also released. The franchise teams retained a total of 139 players while releasing 57 players.