The Indian Premier League 2021 season ended just over a month ago, but preparations for the following season are already starting. By November 30, all eight existing teams must submit a list of players they want to keep. The eight existing teams can only keep a maximum of four players due to a major auction taking place ahead of the IPL 2022 season.
With the deadline looming, everyone would be frantically brainstorming. Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer hasn’t been retained by Delhi Capitals. Since his IPL debut in 2015, the right-handed hitter has been with Delhi. However, Iyer’s time with the team may come to an end, as DC has retained Rishabh Pant, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Shaw, and Axar Patel.
If the claims are true, Iyer may find himself in the auction pool, where he could win a large sum of money. Notably, the 26-year-old has been a standout performer for DC, having become a regular for Team India in white-ball cricket. In the past, he has even led the team. Several teams, though, are interested in bringing in a player of his ability.
According to a storey in the Telegraph, the Mumbai Indians are quite interested in acquiring Iyer’s services. MI would have had a lot of trouble making the retention list with so many good players in the ranks. While it will be difficult for the five-time champions to keep their core players in the auction, they see Shreyas Iyer as a valuable addition to the batting order.
“While the Mumbai Indians are said to be keen in picking Shreyas
at the auction, at least one other existing team is also interested in him because he is viewed as captaincy material,” according to the newspaper. Two more teams — situated in Ahmedabad and Lucknow, respectively – are expected to join the IPL in 2022.
As a result, for the first time since 2014, the IPL will include ten teams. Before the auctions, the two sides would be permitted to choose three players from a list of non-retained players. As a result, if one of the two new sides chooses Iyer, he may not even be included in the auction pool.