Indian T20 League (ITL) mega auction is right around the corner. This will be the fourth time in the history of ITL that a mega auction will be conducted. Previously mega auctions were conducted in the years 2011, 2016, and 2018. In 2011, two new teams Kochi and Pune were added into the league. In 2016, two new teams Pune and Gujarat were added to replace the suspended Rajasthan and Chennai for two seasons. In 2018, the suspended teams returned and the replacing team made way for the former.
Before these auctions, the governing council had rolled out the rule that teams would be allowed to retain a specific number of players. This time it won’t be any different as teams have been allowed to retain a maximum of four players in different combinations. The rule was set after two new teams- Lucknow and Ahmedabad- were bought last year.
The excitement for the auction will be high among the fans, although players such as Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc have opted out of the auction due to several reasons. A total of 590 players have been shortlisted for the two-day event. A total of 27 players were retained by eight teams and two new teams have signed three players each ahead of the auction. Here we are, giving the basic details of the auction.
Date and Venue
The event will be held on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. The event will take place while adhering to the COVID19 safety protocols.
The event will be broadcasted on Star Sports network
The internet users can watch the event on Disney + Hotstar.
Timings according to the Indian Standard Time (IST)
The live coverage will start from 11 AM on February 12. However, the auction will start from 12 PM.
Chennai: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj
Mumbai: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard
Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj
Hyderabad: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik
Rajasthan: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal
Kolkata: Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine
Delhi: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje
Punjab: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh
Gujarat: Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, Shubman Gill
Lucknow: KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Bishnoi