The IPL 2021 auction is set to take place in Chennai on February 18 and before that, all the eight franchises were given a deadline till January 20th to finalize the list of the players they wanted to retain and release in the auction. On February 11, the IPL Governing Council Council has released the list of all the players in the auction.
A total of 1114 cricketers had initially registered for the IPL 2021 auction and after all the eight franchises had submitted their lists of shortlisted players, a total of 292 players will be seen going under the hammer in the auction that will take place in Chennai after the completion of the second Test match. The auction will be a mini affair, as the last edition of the tournament was played in September 2020 and the next one is reportedly taking place in April 2021.
IPL 2021 Auction: VIVO Remains The Title Sponsor As BCCI Releases The Player Auction List
In something that was noticeable in the IPL governing council’s official press release was that Vivo remained the title sponsor of the IPL 2021, as they mentioned the Chinese mobile makers’ name repeatedly in the release. This means the reports of Vivo ending their five-year contract two years ahead of time proved to be false.
A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from Associate Nations will be up for grabs in the VIVO IPL 2021 Player Auction in Chennai. All the officials from all franchisees will need to undergo COVID-19 testing a day before the auction, while they do not need to observe any quarantine given their short duration of the stay. Only a handful of members from each franchisee will be allowed on the tables, while the remaining staying out of the main auction area.
The IPL governing council has also posted on the Indian Premier League website that under the INR 2 crore slab, there are two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav. And eight foreign players have also slotted themselves under this highest slab- Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy, and Mark Wood.
Harbhajan Singh said goodbye to Chennai Super Kings ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, while the franchise released Kedar Jadhav. Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith were both released by their respective franchises in Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, as was Moeen Ali by Royal Challengers Bangalore following a poor performance in the last season of the IPL.
Apart from them, 12 players are on the auction list with a base price of INR 1.5 crore. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base price of INR 1 crore.
The IPL 2021 auction will begin at 3 pm in the afternoon.
ALERT🚨: VIVO IPL 2021 Player Auction list announced
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