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The release and retention for the IPL 2021 auction took place on Wednesday with a lot of teams changing their structures. Now, media reports have emerged stating that the IPL 2021 auction will now be held on February 18 this year. Earlier, various reports had emerged on the internet suggesting that the IPL 2021 auction date will be February 11 this year. The IPL 2021 auction will be a mini-auction and not a mega one. The IPL 2021 Auction Date has now been finalized to February 16 as per some media reports.
In a mail sent to the state associations, COO and interim BCCI CEO Hemang Amin explained the whole IPL 2021 auction process through which an Indian player (whether capped or uncapped) may register to be able to play in the 2021 edition of the league. The Indian players who don’t have an IPL contract and wish to be a part of the IPL 2021 auction will need to fill the player auction agreement and submit it online on February 4 by 5 pm. The originals can be sent by post till February 12.
As far as U19 players are concerned, they are also allowed to register for the auction but only if they are part of any state association and have played at least one game in either first-class cricket or in List A. Although the IPL 2021 auction date has not been confirmed by the BCCI. It might be wise to revisit the 2020 edition of IPL which took place amid plenty of odds and uncertainties.
With the COVID-19 pandemic exploding around the world and series across the globe getting postponed, the inevitability of IPL also loomed. While BCCI President Sourav Ganguly initially promised that the 13th edition of IPL will go as planned (starting date 29th March 2020), they had to defer it twice before conducting.
But looking at the financial impact BCCI was to suffer if the extravaganza had not taken place last year, they had to do something. Thus, the Indian cricket board began planning and it finally took shape in September after plenty of struggles. With India not looking like a promising venue, Sri Lanka and UAE offered to host the thirteenth season of the league. And having already staged it once, BCCI awarded UAE to do it.
And contrary to all the beliefs, it proved to be an incredible success. There was no bio-bubble breach due to which there were no COVID-19 positive cases. And against some theories, the matches contained the right balance between the bat and ball, backed up by some exciting games.
It was the Mumbai Indians – arguably the best side of the tournament left all the franchises dazed to capture their fifth title. In the process, they also became only the second team to defend their crown successfully. While major clouds remain on the IPL 2021 auction date, reports have emerged suggesting that it could take place on February 16.
With the stage set and as the time approaches for yet another season of the extravaganza, the preparations have already kickstarted. The IPL 2021 auction date could be 16th February and 20th January remains the last date for the eight franchises to submit the list of retained and released players. Although the IPL 2021 auction date has not been confirmed by the BCCI. With the COVID-19 pandemic still surging in India, BCCI has not announced the dates and kept UAE as a reserve venue.
Conducting the 14th edition of the cash-rich league would mean having a minimum of eight venues to have matches on a home-and-away basis. Staging the competition in the United Arab Emirates is to keep the fixtures at very minimum venues alongside minimal travelling. However, at present, all eight franchises are busy finalising the list of players they would want to retain and release.
Finalising the players’ list is arguably the inaugural step ahead of the auction as franchises prepare to plug some holes or to trigger sweeping changes accordingly. Initially, the BCCI planned for a mega auction; however, its Annual General Meeting stated that the two extra teams would arrive ahead of IPL 2022. The IPL will also increase the auction purse by INR 3 crores.

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Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer pose with IPL Trophy [Photo-IPLT20]

Chennai Super Kings, who failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in IPL 2020, had only 0.15 crore after the last auction, which was the lowest. Kings XI Punjab had the highest remaining in their purse with INR 16.5 crore. The rest of the sides had: Rajasthan Royals (14.75 crores), Sunrisers Hyderabad (10.1 crores), Delhi Capitals (9 crores), Kolkata Knight Riders (8.5 crores), Royal Challengers Bangalore (6.4 crores), and Mumbai Indians (1.95 crores).
The eight teams involved could also transfer the players internally and as per altered rules, could now trade capped and uncapped players. Earlier, the teams could only exchange uncapped cricketers. The IPL 2021 auction date (IPL 2021 auction) will also facilitate the choice to retain three vital players alongside two cricketers through the Right To Match (RTM) option. The IPL 2021 auction date has not been confirmed by the BCCI. Although some media reports suggest that IPL 2021 Auction Date could be February 18.
The record five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians (MI) became the second IPL team to defend their title after winning it in the 2020 season. Earlier, before the playoffs, the points table leader earned 18 points.
Retained players: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan
Released players: Lasith Malinga, Mitch McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Prince Balwant Rai, and Digvijay Deshmukh
Remaining Purse Value for IPL 2021 Auction: INR 15.35 Crore
Delhi Capitals (DC) played their first-ever final of any tournament during the IPL 2020. However, their first final experience wasn’t positive anyway. Earlier, during the league stage, they finished in the second position in the points table with 16 points.
Retained players: Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey and Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra
Released players: Mohit Sharma, Tushar Deshpande, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey, and Jason Roy.
Remaining Purse Value IPL 2021 Auction: INR 12.80 Crore
The 2016 IPL winners SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) were the third-best team in the IPL 2020 as they were eliminated by Delhi Capitals from the Qualifier 2. They also finished in the third position in the final IPL 2020 points table with 14 points.
Retained players: David Warner (C), Shreevats Goswami (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammad Nabi, Virat Singh, and Basil Thampi
Released players: Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, B Sandeep and Y Prithvi Raj
Remaining Purse Value IPL 2021 Auction: INR 10.75 Crore
The three-time IPL finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were the fourth-best team in the IPL 2020. In the Eliminator of the last IPL season, SRH eliminated RCB. Earlier in the league stage of that tournament, though RCB also earned 14 points, they finished in the fourth position in the points table due to lower net run-rate than SRH.
Retained players: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Phillipe, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
Released players: Aaron Finch, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Isuru Udana, Pawan Negi, Parthiv Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Remaining Purse Value IPL 2021 Auction: INR 35.70 Crore
The two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) finished the IPL 2020 in the fifth position in the points table. While they also finished the IPL 2020 league stage with 14 points, they had the worst net run-rate to get eliminated before the playoffs.
Retained players: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Ali Khan, Tim Seifert, Sandeep Warrier, Rinku Singh, Lockie Ferguson
Released players: Tom Banton, Chris Green, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, M Siddharth, and Harry Gurney
Remaining Purse Value IPL 2021 Auction: INR 10.85 Crore
The IPL 2014 runners-up Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) finished the IPL 2020 as the sixth-best team. They collected a total of 12 points in the end of the double round-robin system.
Retained players: KL Rahul (C/wk), Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nilkande, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Simran Singh
Released players: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, K Gowtham, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith and Tajinder Singh Dhillon
Remaining Purse Value IPL 2021 Auction: INR 53.20 Crore
The three-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had their worst IPL experience during the IPL 2020 season as it was the first time when they failed to finish in the top four positions in the final points table. At the end of the league stage of the IPL 2020, CSK finished their journey in that season with 12 points.
Retained players: MS Dhoni (C), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Sai Kishore, Josh Hazlewood, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif
Released players: Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay, Monu Kumar Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson (Retired)
Remaining Purse Value IPL 2021 Auction: INR 22.90 Crore
The inaugural IPL winners Rajasthan Royals (RR) finished their journey in the IPL 2020 as the eighth or last-positioned side. However, they also earned 12 points but they had the lower net run-rate than KXIP and CSK.
Retained players: Sanju Samson (C), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Mayank Markande, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, and Manan Vohra
Released players: Steven Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas
Remaining Purse Value IPL 2021 Auction: INR 34.85 Crore
Yes, there will be an auction for IPL 2021. The IPL 2021 auction date will be February 18.
The IPL 2021 auction date is February 18, 2021. Although the IPL 2021 auction date has not been confirmed by the BCCI.
No, IPL 2021 will not have 10 teams. The 10-team IPL will take place from IPL 2022.
Yes, Suresh Raina will play in IPL 2021. He has confirmed that he will be taking part in the tournament. For the same, he has begun preparing and is currently plying his trade for Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy 2021.
The first priority to conduct IPL 2021 will be in India as per some media reports. However, the venue might also be shifted to UAE, in case the COVID-19 cases do not seem to come to an end.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is called the King of IPL. Under his captaincy, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has won 3 IPL titles and have reached the playoffs 9 out of the 10 seasons that they have played in.
The IPL 2021 auction date is February 18 as per some reports. The time has not yet been specified.
The IPL 2021 schedule will be released only after the IPL 2021 auction comes to an end. As of now, the IPL 2021 auction date remains February 18.
No, the mega auction is not taking place in IPL 2021. It will only take place for IPL 2022.
There are generally two types of contracts between the players and BCCI in IPL. The first type of contract is the one, which is a firm contract. In this type of contract, the BCCI pays a fixed sum of money to a player and thus, the difference between the bidding amount and the amount paid by the BCCI is kept with the BCCI.
In the second type of contract, it is a basic contract. In this type of contract, a player is paid entirely the bidding amount.
The IPL 2021 auction date is reportedly on February 18. In the IPL 2021 auction, it will be a mini-auction where certain players will be traded and exchanged for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
The IPL 2021 winners have not yet been declared as the tournament has not taken place.
The most expensive Indian player to be auctioned for IPL 2020 was Piyush Chawla. He was bought by the Chennai Super Kings from Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 6.75 Crore.

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