The mini-IPL auction is likely to take place in December this year. Reports suggest that the franchise has to submit its list of retained players by mid-November.
According to reports, the Board of Cricket Control in India has decided on two venues for this year’s IPL auction. One is Bangalore, like last year, and the other is Istanbul, Turkey. The board is exploring options to conduct the auction outside India.
Recently the BCCI has gone through several changes. Roger Binny takes over the presidency of BCCI from Sourav Ganguly, whereas Jay Shah has kept his position as Secretary of the governing body.
Ganguly is not retaining his position after a successful tenure shocked a few. It seems no one backed him for this post again. There were reports of him not getting the necessary support if he nominated himself for ICC chairman. People had opposing views in this instance, calling it a political agenda. He was supposed to contest for the post of president of the Cricket Association of West Bengal but recently pulled out from the race.
Arun Singh Dhumal was chosen as the new chairman of IPL, succeeding Brijesh Patel. Apart from the BCCI changing, even the broadcasting deal of the IPL has been changed.
Star India bags IPL rights
In June this year, through an e-auction Star India bagged the TV rights for INR 23,575 crores, whereas Viacom 18 fetched the online rights for INR 23,578 crores. The rest of the world’s rights are shared between Viacom and Times Internet Limited for a figure of INR 1057 crores.
The upcoming mini-auction is likely to be held for a day. The board is in consultation with the franchises to explore the option of keeping the auction in Turkey. This year, the auction purse has increased from INR 90 cr to 95 cr.