The Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction for the 2022 season is expected to take place on February 12 and 13. The BCCI will make an official announcement soon, but the event will coincide with Team India’s home season. In addition, on February 12, an ODI between India and the West Indies will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Despite the conflict, the BCCI is set to proceed with the massive auction. The auction was previously scheduled to take place in January 2022. The auction was always going to be pushed back due to the prolongation of the deadline to recruit three players for the two new teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. The BCCI was looking into CVC’s (Ahmedabad’s owner) ties to a betting company and could soon give the go light.
Returning to the mega auction coinciding with an ODI, the West Indies are set to travel India for a six-match white-ball series. The tour will begin on February 6 with the ODI series and conclude on February 20 with the T20I series. The series’ third One-Day International (ODI) will be held in Kolkata on February 12.
The BCCI has informed franchises that the match in Kolkata will have no influence on the auction, according to reports. While speaking to Cricbuzz, a franchise executive revealed that BCCI has offered them with explanation on the subject.
It has been clear that the match and the auction are two separate events that will both take place,” the official stated. It’s unclear whether the official broadcast rights holders, Star Sports, will
protest to the sale and the One-Day International clashing. According to reports, the BCCI has also informed Star about the situation, and their response is currently pending.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has given foreign boards and state organisations until January 17 to furnish names of players enrolled for sale.