The news was confirmed by a senior BCCI official that the mega auctions of the Indian Premier League’s 11th edition will be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.
“Since most of the capped players will be back in auction, it will be a mega auction that will be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28. Since Bengaluru has been hosting all previous auctions, that was the choice of franchises,” a senior BCCI official told media.
This year’s auction will see teams having an increased budget of Rs 80 crore from previous Rs 66 crore.
In all five players can be retained by a franchise, which includes two Right to Match cards. The player rules for the Right to Match are a maximum number of three Capped Indian players, a maximum number of two overseas players, a maximum number of two uncapped Indian players.
The happiest team from this decision will be Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who, along with Rajasthan Royals, is coming back after two years of suspension.
As per the new policy, CSK and RR would be able to retain players from their last squad, who haven’t played on any other team except their replacements – Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant.
It remains to be seen if CSK, win back their inspirational skipper MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni has been associated with Chennai Super Kings since the beginning of the Indian Premier League.
From 2008 till 2015, he led them to two IPL titles in 2010 and 2011 and entered the final of the tournament four times in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.