The date for Mini-auction for IPL 2021 has been scheduled to take place on February 18 in Chennai. Meanwhile, a piece of good is coming for franchise owners. The IPL team owners need not go through a mandatory quarantine ahead of the 2021 players’ auction.
According to Cricbuzz, the team owners will have to go through two negative RT-PCR tests if they want to take part in the auction. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday asked the franchise owners and representatives to have a COVID-19 test done 72 hours before the auction day and one on arrival at the venue, Grand Chola in Chennai. Both tests, needless to mention, have to come negative.
“Please note that the team members attending the player auction in Chennai will need to do an RT-PCR test 72 hours before the auction date and submit the negative report. Further, there will a test done in Chennai at the venue for the members attending the auction, details of which will be shared in due course,” BCCI CEO Hemang Amin, who is also the COO of IPL, wrote in his mail to the franchises.
The mail further informed that the trading window closes on February 11 and will reopen after February 18.
“The Player registration for IPL 2021 Auction is in process and the Auction Register will be circulated… The trading window will remain open till seven days prior to the auction date and will close on 11th February 2021 at 5:00 PM (IST).”
The BCCI has also imposed a limitation on the number of members from a particular franchise that can attend the IPL auction, asking the teams to submit in advance the names of those who will be present.
“Kindly confirm the names of your team members who will be present at the auction – maximum of 13 members of which 8 will be at the auction table and 5 will be seated in the gallery, to Anaisha (IPL official) by 5th February 2021,” the email read.
With franchises done with their retention, everyone in the cricketing circles are eagerly awaiting the IPL 2021 mini-auction. Some of the big Aussie cricketers including Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and Aaron Finch have been released from their respective franchises and the fans would like to see what happens to these cricketers as their IPL career seems to be on the line for the moment.
Here are the players who will go into the auction pool:
Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Piyush Chawla, Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tejinder Singh Dhillon, Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Tom Banton, Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, Mitchell McCleneghan, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Gurkeerat Mann, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Bavanaka, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav and Prithviraj Yarra.