With the 14th edition of the annual Indian Premier League (IPL) looming, the chairman of the tournament, Brijesh Patel has confirmed the dates for retention as well as trading of players. The chairman as well as other members of the IPL GC reportedly had a virtual meeting earlier this week and decided on the dates i.e. January 21 for retention and February 4 for trading.
The 2020 edition of the tournament had to be shifted to the UAE and was held from September to November. It is expected that the 2021 edition will be held in India but the UAE is reportedly part of a contingency plan if it becomes impossible to conduct the same in India.
Mini-auction to be held in mid-February
Brijesh Patel spoke to PTI today about the plans for the upcoming edition and he said, “We will have the players’ retention till January 21 and the trading window for the franchises closes on February 4.” He further confirmed that the mini-auction would be held either in the second or third week of February.
“The BCCI will wait for a month to see how the COVID-19 situation is in India before finalising the schedule. Everyone wants it to be held in India but we still need to wait for some more time before taking a call,” a BCCI source reportedly added.