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Reports: BCCI likely to shift mega auction venue amid worsening Covid-19 situation in Bengaluru

By BetBarter Staff

January 5, 2022

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has to deal with uncertainty ahead of the mega auction for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season. Bengaluru, the venue for the mega auction, is now placed under doubt owing to the increasing COVID-19 cases and the new restrictions imposed by the Karnataka government.

This might lead to the BCCI shifting the entire event in case they aren’t able to find a venue in Bengaluru that adheres to all COVID-19 guidelines. This could probably result in the auction getting postponed as well. Recently on Tuesday, January 4, the board postponed all domestic competitions in India.

A total of six players have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kolkata Ranji squad. Whereas on the other hand, Mumbai’s Shivam Dube also returned with a positive test. Owing to this, the BCCI took the tough call of postponing the high-profile tournament. The auction was previously staged for February 12 and 13, however, it is reported that the Indian board is yet to book hotels.

“Some things are out of our hands and we must wait. Bookings and stuff will not be an issue if we have an idea about the restrictions. We are closely monitoring the situation and are in talks with the state associations. If we need to move the venue, it can be done on short notice,” a senior BCCI official told the InsideSport website.

The cricketing fraternity and on-lookers have been eagerly waiting for the mega auction. Earlier, all the existing eight teams had already released their list of retained and released players. Quite a few key players who were released by their respective franchises will be in the auction pool. Thus, it will be interesting to see if the teams are able to get their vital players back in the setup for the mega tournament.