The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the biggest and most widely followed sporting events, across the world! The quality of cricket and the sheer competitiveness of the tournament, makes it one of the most exciting and tightly contested. Players from almost all the international cricketing nations participate in the IPL and even though it seems like the 2020 edition of the tournament just got over, preparations are already underfoot for the next edition of this tournament! There are a lot of expectations on the IPL 2021, with the most prominent one being where it would be played. The IPL 2020 was played in the UAE, over growing COVID concerns in India but now that the COVID spread has been brought under control, there are high hopes that the 2021 edition could be held in our nation itself!

Meanwhile, the journey towards IPL 2021 is well and truly underway, as the IPL governing council has announced the dates for the season's player auction. Originally, the mega player auction was supposed to have happened before IPL 2021 but the delay in hosting the 2020 edition and the very short time gap between that and the 2021 edition, forced the Governing Council to postpone the mega auction to the next year (2022). However, we hear that the player transfer window has been opened and January 20th has been fixed as the last date for all the franchises to submit the list of players they have retained as well as the players they have released. There are speculations that the Player Auction would be held on February 11th, but an official announcement in this regard is awaited! Also, we hear that the BCCI has parted ways with the IMG group, which was handling the management of the tournament and BCCI is expected to conduct the 2021 edition of the IPL, by itself!

If the player auction is to happen in the first part of February, then it would be alongside either of the first two tests of the India-England Test series. Both the first and second Tests between India and England are scheduled to happen at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai and the wide belief is that, if the player auction happens on these same dates, it might also happen in Chennai. The IPL Governing Council met recently and decided upon the player auction but the commencement date and venues for the 2021 edition of the IPL have not been finalised yet. Reports suggest that Kings XI Punjab will be having the biggest purse at this year's auction while the Chennai Super Kings will have the smallest. However, there are also speculations that CSK would be parting ways with Kedar Jadhav, which would add Rs. 7.5 Crores to their purse. The CSK management is said to have made this decision following Jadhav's poor outing in the 2020 edition and also the team's vision to look at the future!