Deadline For Player Retention Is January 21, CSK Likely To Release Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla Ahead of IPL Auction
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Deadline For Player Retention Is January 21, CSK Likely To Release Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla Ahead of IPL Auction

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians with the IPL 2020 Trophy (Credits: Twitter/IPL)

Ahead of the auction for the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the IPL Governing Council (GC) has decided that the eight franchises will be allowed to submit the names of their retained players by January 21. IPL GC chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the news on Thursday. Patel’s comments have come after a meeting of the IPL GC earlier this week where the planning and preparations of the next IPL was discussed at length.

Patel also confirmed that the date of the auction is yet to be finalised. The auction for IPL 2021 is set to be a mini one. The chances of a mega auction ended after the BCCI decided not to introduce new teams in the tournament this year. According to reports, the mini auction will be held in the second or third week of February.

“We will have the players’ retention till January 21 and the trading window for the franchises closes on February 4,” Patel told PTI.

Rohit Sharma, IPL 2020
Rohit Sharma with the IPL 2020 Trophy (Credits: IPL)

In another development, Patel also confirmed that there will be no increase of purse for all the eight teams during the upcoming auction. All the teams have a players’ purse of Rs 85 crore at present and will have to make new addition to their squads with that amount only.

CSK to release two big names, Mumbai to retain most players:

The report from PTI also reported that Chennai Super Kings, one team that only had Rs 15 lakh left after the last auction, would release at least two big salaried players in Kedar Jadhav and Piyush Chawla in order to increase their purse. Both Chawla and Jadhav had failed to deliver in IPL 2020 as CSK finished at the seventh spot.

Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav (Credits – BCCI)

On the other hand, defending champions Mumbai Indians are likely to retain most of their players since they have a settled squad. Even if they release some players, they are likely to be the fringed ones as Mumbai Indians would be keen to increase their purse too  from Rs 1.95 crore. Rajasthan Royals have the maximum purse 14.75 crore, followed by Sunrisers Hyderabad (10.1 crore), Delhi Capitals (9 crore), Kolkata Knight Riders (8.5 crore), Royal Challengers Bangalore (6.4 crore).

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