With the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) already done and dusted, the focus has shifted to the next season. It has already been reported that BCCI is planning to add one more team from the next season to make it a nine-team affair.
Meanwhile, the Sourav Ganguly-led panel is yet to decide whether they will host a mega or mini IPL 2021 auction. As per a report in the Times of India, for the most of IPL Season 13, the franchises had a consensus over not holding a mega auction this term.
Franchises divided over IPL 2021 auction; BCCI asks to wait
However, a few franchises have changed their stance ever since the conclusion of IPL 2020. But BCCI is yet to take a call on IPL 2021 auction and have asked the franchises to wait until December for a final decision.
“Few IPL franchises approached the BCCI to seek clarity on the issue. They were told that they will be getting a much clearer idea in the second half December,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying to The Times of India (TOI).
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“Most of the teams have formed a core. They want to build on it. For the most part of this IPL, there was a consensus that a major auction was not needed. However, there are a couple of teams who have expressed their wish that board holds an auction,” the official stated.
Among the eight franchises, Chennai Super Kings will benefit the most if the teams go for IPL 2021 auction. They have already hinted that they revamp their core group and look for a younger lot. On the other hand, when it comes to a mega auction, it also has to be noted that teams like Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals who look more-or-less settled with their core team will face a huge disadvantage as they would have to put quite a few players back in the pool.