The 2017 IPL Player auction, which was initially scheduled for February 4 in Bengaluru, was recently postponed indefinitely with a likely date being anywhere in the last week of February. In latest developments within the BCCI circles, it has now been understood that the auction will most likely take place on February 26. Along with the change in date, the venue will change as well since Mumbai could be the likely destination for the grand event.
If the news happens to be true, then this will be the first player auction in Mumbai since 2010. Earlier, Mumbai has hosted two IPL player auctions, the inaugural one in 2008 and in 2010. Since then, the event has taken place in cities like Bengaluru and Chennai.
An IPL official hinted the likely date for the auction would be February 26.
“Mumbai has hosted the auction before in 2008 and 2010 and if all goes to plan, it could again hold the auction this season. The reason is that logistically it is more convenient as the BCCI headquarters, IMG’s head office in the country and the team that works behind the scene to organize the event all are from Mumbai.”
The official went on to add about the pre-auction process regarding interested players.
“Friday is the last day for the interested players to submit their names to the list and ideally the available names will then be sent to the eight teams by say Monday. After that, the franchises will take a few days to prepare their preferred list depending on the kind of players they are looking to rope in and re-send the list to the governing council. Once that is done, the final list of players in the auction will be prepared,” the official said.
“So ideally, it will be the third or fourth Sunday of this month that will see the auction being conducted. Basically, it boils down to either February 19 or 26. It shouldn’t stretch to the first week of March as once the players are picked up, contracts and all formalities also need to be formalized between the franchise and the players. So, holding it back till March will be a little too late,” the official concluded.