IPL 2021 auction – IPL Franchises Arrival in Chennai: With just three days to go for the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, teams are making their final preparations before leaving for Chennai. The team management of the eight franchises will reach the IPL auction venue on February 17 upon which they will have to take another COVID-19 test.
“The team management will arrive at Grand Chola on February 17,” a Rajasthan Royals (RR) official told InsideSport. “Once we arrive at the venue, there will be a COVID-19 test,” the RR official added.
According to the COVID-19 guidelines set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), there will be no quarantine for the owners. However, they will have to undergo an RT-PCR test on February 15.
A maximum of 13 members will be allowed in the venue where the auction will be conducted. Out of the 13, eight will be allowed to sit at the auction table while five will be seated in the gallery.
Interestingly, out of the eight teams, there will be a bidding war between only three teams who have the highest remaining purse.
While Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) has the most available purse of Rs 53.2 crore, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have Rs 35.4 crore and Rs 37.8 crore respectively.
A total of 292 players will go under the hammer. Rs 2 crore is the highest reserve price and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy & Mark Wood have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket.
12 players are in 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.
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.
The auctions will begin at 3 PM.