BCCI is likely to drop the auction process of the biggest players in Indian Premier League history . The 2021 IPL requires all teams to form an entirely new team. However, it is doubtful that this is the largest auction process in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
The IPL 2020 Tournament will be held in UAE Courts from September 19 to November 10. In mega auctions every franchise can retain only 5 players from their respective teams. Most of the star players will go back into the auction list.
The mega auction happens after a 3-year cycle of IPL seasons. IPL 2021’s mega auction was expected to happen in December 2020 but it is likely that it may not happen at all. “What’s the point in doing a mega auction now and not have enough time to plan it properly? IPL might as well go ahead and finish the 2021 edition of the tournament and then see how it wants to go about it,” the source said. Co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders Mr Shahrukh Khan also supports this cancellation of Mega Auctions.
The entire player auction process is not possible in this short time. In addition, 8 franchise teams will compete with the existing players in the 2021 IPL with replacement players.
Also, Team India’s schedule for 2021 is jam packed. After IPL 2020 India has a long tour of Australia and then from February, India will be hosting England. Soon after the England tour, IPL-14 is scheduled on March. So there is very little gap of 4½ months between the two IPL’s seasons (IPL 2020 and IPL 2021).