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IPL 2021: Player retention deadline set for January 21, says chairman Brijesh Patel

Written by Vishwas Gupta

The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League has decided that the eight franchises that will participate in IPL 2021 will be allowed to submit the names of their retained players until January 21, league’s chairman Brijesh Patel said on Thursday.

The members of the Governing Council had held a virtual meeting earlier this week where the planning and preparations of the next IPL was discussed at length.

“We will have the players’ retention till 21 January and the trading window for the franchises closes on 4 February,” Patel, the former India Test batsman told PTI while informing that the date of the auction is yet to be finalised.

The auction is likely to be held in the second or third week of February and it will set the ball rolling for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League.

Brijesh Patel has also said that the players’ purse for the 2021 auction will not be increased. The eight IPL teams enjoy a players’ purse of Rs 85 crore.

Rajasthan Royals have the maximum purse 14.75 crore, followed by Sunrisers Hyderabad (10.1 crore), Delhi Capitals (9 crore), Kolkata Knight Riders (8.5 crore), Royal Challengers Bangalore (6.4 crore).

It is learnt that governing council has decided to wait for a month before finalising whether the IPL-14 will be held in India or not.

“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,” PTI quoted a BCCI source as saying.

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