IPL 2021-Auction to be held in Chennai on February 18.
The BCCI will conduct the 14th edition of the IPL at home and has earmarked the Wankhede, Brabourne Stadiums, DY Patil Stadium, Reliance Cricket Stadium in Navi Mumbai and the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium on the outskirts of Pune for the same.
BCCI will get more by auctioning one team instead of two because one team will mean 76 matches while two (with a changed format) will mean 74. “Two extra matches will mean that much more income from broadcast and other partners. Additionally, all teams will play two more matches and get more revenues from team sponsorship and tickets and will share 20% of that top-line revenue with BCCI. It’s a win-win now,” say those tracking developments.
However, the ninth team will be available to play only from the 2022 edition. Right now, the board is conducting a mini-player auction for the exusting eight franchises on Feb 18 and 19 in Chennai.
Further, with the BCCI deciding not to float a tender or an RPF for a title sponsor once again, the path will be set for the IPL’s 2021 edition to get underway.