IPL 2021 auction in Chennai on February 18

IPL Auction 2021: Two negative RT-PCR tests mandatory; a total of 13 members from each franchise will be allowed at the venue.

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The Indian Premier League 2021 auction will be held in Chennai on February 18.

With India playing back-to-back Tests in Chennai between February 5 and February 17, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to host the auction at the ITC Grand Chola hotel, keeping all COVID-19 safety measures in mind.

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In an email to all the eight franchises, which Sportstar has seen, BCCI’s interim CEO, Hemang Amin has stated that the members of all the teams will have to undergo a RT-PCR test 72 hours before the auction on obtaining a negative report, they will be eligible to be part of the event. “There will be another test done in Chennai at the venue for the members attending the auction, details of which will be shared in due course,” Amin wrote in the letter.

However, there will be no quarantine required.

13-member contingent

As per the standard protocol, a total of 13 members from each franchise will be allowed at the venue - of which eight can be present at the auction table, while the other five will be seated in the gallery. The franchises need to submit the final list of names by February 5.

As most teams have retained their core group, this auction will be an opportunity for the franchises to fix loose ends. Leading up to the auction, Kings XI Punjab has the maximum available purse worth Rs 53.2 crore, followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 35.90 crore) and Rajasthan Royals (Rs 34.85 crore).

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With Rs 10.75 crore each, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have the lowest purse going into the auction. "Since we will have a bigger auction in 2022, with more teams coming in, this is an opportunity to just fill in the gaps," one of the franchise owners said.

Trading window

While there is no clarity on the title sponsor of this year’s IPL yet, Amin’s email also mentions that the trading window will close on February 11 and will open again after February 18. The mail, however, did not specify the timings of the auction, and it is believed that a call on the timings will be taken after discussions with the broadcasters.

Total purse remaining

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Rs 35.7 crore

Slots Remaining:13 (4 overseas)

Delhi Capitals: Rs 12.8 crore

Slots remaining: 6 (2 overseas)

Rajasthan Royals: Rs 34.85 crore

Slots remaining: 8 (3 overseas)

Kings XI Punjab: Rs 53.2 crore

Slots remaining: 9 (5 overseas)

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rs 10.75 crore

Slots remaining: 3 (1 overseas)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Rs 10.85 crore

Slots remaining: 7 (1 overseas)

Chennai Super Kings: Rs 22.9 crore

Slots remaining: 7 (1 overseas)

Mumbai Indians: Rs 15.35 crore

Slots remaining: 7 (4 overseas)