In a significant development that has set the cricketing world abuzz, the IPL 2024 mini auction is poised to make its mark in Dubai in December later this year.
As per a report by Cricbuzz, this mini-auction for the marquee cricketing event is tentatively scheduled to take place between December 15 and 19, immediately following the second Women’s Premier League auction on December 9. It’s worth noting that the auction for the Women’s tournament is expected to happen in India, creating an interesting dynamic.
While an official announcement is yet to be made, the dates of December 18 and 19 are under consideration for the eagerly anticipated IPL mini auction. The ten concerned franchises have already been apprised of Dubai being the preferred host for the auction.
However, given past last-minute changes, particularly when the event was shifted from Istanbul to Kochi, a plan B is not entirely out of the question.
According to the report, the trading window for the franchises remains open. Despite the major overhaul that these teams underwent during the mega auction last year, there is potential for significant player movement. Non-performing players might find themselves on the trading block or released into the auction pool, promising excitement for fans and franchises alike.
Things to watch out in next IPL :
1. Team Purses: Each team in the tournament will have a budget of 100 crore rupees. What’s even more interesting is that this purse will increase by an additional 5 crore rupees, making it a total of 105 crore rupees. This added flexibility in the budget might lead to some intense bidding wars during the upcoming auction.
2. Auction Date: Mark your calendars for December 19th. On this date, the highly-anticipated player auction will take place, where franchises will compete to secure the services of some of the finest cricketing talents. It’s a day when fortunes can be made or missed.
3. Star Participants: The list of participating players includes some heavyweights of the cricketing world. Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales, JJ Coetzee, and Sam Billings will be in the spotlight, and their presence is sure to add a significant dose of excitement to the auction proceedings.
Another intriguing element on the horizon is the looming Lok Sabha elections in the upcoming Indian summer. To navigate this potential challenge, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could consider rescheduling the IPL, potentially creating a separate window for the tournament. This could be a strategic move to ensure that cricket’s biggest extravaganza isn’t overshadowed by the political landscape.