New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore says the idea of postponing the mega auction of IPL players for the 2021 season is a good one. The players were auctioned for the IPL 2020 season in December last year and the tournament was to begin on March 29 but was postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus.
Now the tournament is to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 19 September to 10 November. The franchisees believe that there are less than four months left in the auction, so teams will not have much time left to prepare for it. As per the IPL rules, franchises have to auction players other than retained players.
The franchise selects the team for the next three years in the mega IPL. The last mega auction was held for two days in January 2018 after the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals lifted a two-year ban where 169 players were purchased. Mysore told ESPN Cricinfo, “I have heard about this and it is not a wrong idea to postpone the auction by a year as there is a gap of a few months between the finals of this season and the next season.”