The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Governing Council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will postpone the much-anticipated IPL 2022 Mega Auction next month. Except for those retained by the eight franchises and selected by the two new teams by December 25, all of the top players will be included in the mega auction, which will take place in January 2022.
A top BCCI official, however, confirmed to the InsideSport website that the mega cannot be held before the third week of January. The BCCI had previously informed franchises in an informal communication that the auctions would take place possibly in the first week of January. The delay is due to issues with the Ahmedabad franchise, and the auction could be pushed back to the fourth week of January.
“We are still awaiting the decision of the specially appointed committee on CVC’s ownership of the Ahmedabad franchise.” Auction dates cannot be finalized until this is completed. Furthermore, we must give both the Lucknow and Ahmedabad teams adequate time to complete their three signings prior to the IPL Auctions. “We don’t see an auction before the third or fourth week of January,” a BCCI official told the InsideSport website.
The auction dates aren’t the only ones that may be pushed back, but BCCI may also push back two other important deadlines. Following the announcement of the two new franchises on October 25, the BCCI provided a few key dates for the IPL 2022.
Retention of IPL 2022 November 30th: The BCCI had requested that all existing eight franchises finalize their retentions by November 30th. The franchises adhered to this deadline.
December 25 – The two existing franchises have until December 25 to finalize their three signings before the mega-auction.
IPL Media Rights Auction: The BCCI also agreed that the IPL Media Rights Auctions would be completed by January 2022.
The BCCI met the first deadline for IPL 2022 retentions when all eight franchises announced their list of retained players. However, the remaining three deadlines will be pushed back due to the pending decision on the Ahmedabad franchise.
“There is nothing we can do about it.” Yes, all of these things have been pushed back a few weeks,” said a BCCI official.
The ownership of the CVC-backed Ahmedabad franchise is still unknown, but the Lucknow franchise has begun making announcements. The Lucknow IPL team promoters have already announced Andy Flower as the team’s coach and Gautam Gambhir as the team’s mentor.