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IPL 2021: Player auction to take place in Chennai on February 18

January 27, 2021

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The IPL 2021 players' auction will take in Chennai on February 18, 2021. The league organizers declared the news on their official website on Wednesday. The eight franchises have retained 139 players and released 57 players. Sunrisers Hyderabad has retained 22 players which is the most significant number of players. On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore have only included 12 players in the team. Top international stars like Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, and Jason Roy were released by their respective teams.

The Mohali based franchise will enter the auction with the most oversized possible purse of Rs 53.20 crore, followed by RCB who now have Rs 35.90 crore after releasing the majority of their players. Other teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and SRH have the least amount of purse remaining, Rs 10.75 crore.

Rajasthan Royals have recently declared that wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson will be leading the side after releasing Steve Smith. The team will be targeting to fill their three overseas slots as they have a purse remaining of Rs 34.85 crore. Chennai Super Kings also have Rs 22.90 crore after releasing players like Kedar Jadav, Harbhajan Singh and Murli Vijay. Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are remaining with Rs 12.90 and Rs 15.35 crore in their purse respectively. 

RR trade Robin Uthappa to CSK

Since the release day, three trades have already taken place between franchises. Currently, Robin Uthappa is the most high-profile player to have been traded. The batsman left Rajasthan Royals and has been signed for Chennai Super Kings.

Indian players who do not have an IPL contract and urge to be a part of the mini-auction will need to fill the auction agreement and submit it online by February 4.  The officials have not yet declared the schedule and the venue for the upcoming Indian Premier League season. The venue all depends on the next India's home series against England. If the series is successful, it will pave the way for the mega event to be held at home. The Indian league for the first time was held behind closed doors in UAE in 2020. Mumbai Indians secured the title for a record fifth time.

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