The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finally announced the mini-auction date for IPL 2021. The date has been set as February 18th and it will be held in Chennai. That coincidentally is a day after the second India vs England test concludes in Chennai. Only one day has been set for the auction and it’s expected to conclude very quickly.

Prior to the auction, all of the IPL teams have submitted their list of retained players to the BCCI. Some of the top international cricketers such as Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy, Shane Watson and Steve Smith were surprisingly released by their respective teams. These four international names were really shocking at the end of the IPL Player Retention Day. 

The Chennai Super Kings retained Suresh Raina to strengthen their middle order but released Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Piysuh Chawla, and Shane Watson/.

Apart from Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab, most IPL teams have retained their core and are focusing on filling up the rest of the roster. Indian cricketers without a contract who want teams to bid on them, need to fill the player auction agreement and submit it online by February 4, 5 pm. Once the online submission is completed, the original documents can be sent to the BCCI by February 12th. While there is a tentative schedule out, the finalized IPL 2021 schedule is yet to be announced. After a bubble IPL 2020 in the UAE because of COVID-19 concerns, IPL 2021 will be held in India again. However, if there is a COVID-19 outbreak, the BCCI might be forced to relocate the team to the UAE again. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will look to win another IPL title this season. 

How much money is left with the teams for IPL 2021 auction?

  • Chennai Super Kings: Rs 22.9 crore
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore: Rs 35.7 crore
  • Rajasthan Royals: Rs 34.85 crore
  • Kings XI Punjab: Rs 53.2 crore
  • Mumbai Indians: Rs 15.35 crore
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rs 10.75 crore
  • Kolkata Knight Riders: Rs 10.85 crore
  • Delhi Capitals: Rs 9 crore 

Which are some of the big name players up for grabs in the IPL 2021 auction?

Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Piyush Chawla, Monu Singh, Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy, Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Zadran, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tejinder Singh Dhillon, Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Tom Banton, Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, Mitchell McCleneghan, Steve Smith, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Gurkeerat Mann, Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Bavanaka, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav and Prithviraj Yarra.