The IPL 2017 player auction, scheduled to be held on February 4, has been delayed and is now expected to take place in the third week of February.
Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) has not yet released a final date for the auction. Speculations are made that it would be anywhere between February 20 and 25.
The delay in auction is a result of removal of BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke by the Supreme Court, earlier this year. The new administrators have not yet took the charge, resulting in further delay.
A four-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court had a meeting with BCCI officials where they discussed the matter concerning IPL 2017. The committee will be taking the charge of the proceedings from Monday and only after that they will be taking decision on the final dates for the IPL auction.
Auction venue likely to be shifted
According to a report on Cricket Next, the auction venue for IPL 2017 might be shifted from Bengaluru to Mumbai. BCCI is reportedly considering the step as it could prove more convenient both logistically and financially for the organizers.
“Earlier, the IMG team in the last few years would head off to Bengaluru well in advance to start the back-end work. And then you had all the IPL governing council members heading to the city a few days prior to the auction. Having it in Mumbai also helps in keeping the cost under check”, official of an IPL franchise, reportedly, said.
The Mumbai had hosted the auction for the inaugural edition of the Indian Premiere League and get to host the IPL auction again after two years.
Last IPL before team reshuffling
The IPL 2017 will be the last edition of IPL before the major reshuffle of all the teams. The contract of all the existing players will expire after IPL 2017 and they will be part of the mega auction ahead of the 2018 season.
The player retention rules have not been decided yet.
The IPL broadcasting rights held by the Sony Pictures Network India will also be expired after IPL 2017. BCCI has already made an announcement that after this edition the IPL rights would be sold via an open tender process.