The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League [IPL] recently got over but speculations around the makeup of the 14th season of the cash-rich league.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] is looking to add two more franchises to the existing eight in order to make up for the financial losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Apart from that, the BCCI is also looking to stag the mega auction ahead of the 14th season. However, there has come a new twist in the story.
According to a report in Times of India, the general consensus among the eight franchises during the 13th season was not to hold the mega-auctions for the next edition since it is just a few months away but two of them seem to have made a U-turn, approaching the apex body with a request to stage the mega-auctions in 2021.
“Few IPL franchises approached the BCCI to seek clarity on the issue. They were told that they will be getting a much clearer idea in the second half December,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by Times of India.
“Most of the teams have formed a core. They want to build on it. For the most part of this IPL, there was a consensus that a major auction was not needed. However, there are a couple of teams who have expressed their wish that board holds an auction,” the official stated.
If the mega-auction does take place ahead of the 2021 season, it will be a significant advantage for the Chennai Super Kings, who are in desperate need to rebuild their squad from scratch following a disappointing 2020 campaign.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians and IPL 2020 runners-up Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, will find it difficult as they have already formed a formidable core.