The much-anticipated auction for the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is likely to take place in mid-December in Goa.
As per report in ESPNcricinfo, the auction is set to take place on December 16. Usually the auction takes place in the month of January or February. However, this time there is an early auction. Moreover, unlike the previous years, the upcoming auction will not be a mega one. The franchise already have adequate layers on their roster and will just look to bolster the weak areas by signing a handful of players.
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The auction for IPL 2019 will be a one-day affair unlike the usual two-day affairs.
The report also claimed that the IPL could be played outside the country due to the general elections. The franchises will be looking to get rid of the confusion as soon as possible. The IPL was held outside India in 2009 and 2014 due to the general elections. South Africa had hosted the whole IPL in 2009 while the early part of the competition was held in UAE in 2014.
However, the franchises are averse to playing in the Dubai and Abu Dhabi because they fear the pitches would end up being too slow. The IPL governing council has not made any decision public yet but reports suggest that South Africa is the frontrunner to host the competition.
The report further stated that Royal Challengers Bangalore have traded Quinton de Kock to three-time IPL champions, Mumbai Indians.
Royal Challengers Bangalore had bought Quinton de Kock in 2018 auctions for INR 2.8 crore (USD 437,000). The opener is set to be sold to Mumbai Indians for the same price. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have released Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman (Rs 2.2 crore) and Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya (Rs 50 lakh) to balance the books.
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