IPL 2023 captains with trophy. (Twitter)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is all set to hold the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 mini-auction by the end of December. According to reports, the purse amount has been increased to Rs 100 crore as a significant update for each franchise.
BCCI raised Rs 100 crores
The final date and venue will be decided after the 2023 World Cup, with Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Kolkata as hosts.
Unlike previous years, this auction will not limit the number of players retained by teams. The auction budget has been increased from Rs 95 crore in the previous season.
“The focus is now on the World Cup and once all the details are taken care of, we will move on to the IPL. The date will be decided after the World Cup. It is likely to be in the third or fourth week of December. But this will be discussed only in the later IPL GC meeting. A BCCI official was quoted as saying by InsideSport.
A significant increase in the purse could prompt another bidding extravaganza, mirroring the high-profile signings of the previous season. Stars like Sam Curran, Cameron Green, Ben Stokes, Nicholas Pooran and Harry Brook all commanded prices above Rs 15 crore in the last auction.
Franchises are already gearing up for the upcoming auction and season. Teams like Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants have made changes in their coaching staff, while Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals are on the hunt for new coaches.
The IPL 2023 auction held in Kochi on December 23 faced several logistical challenges due to its proximity to Christmas, which created difficulties in booking hotels and many personalities like Ricky Ponting attended virtually. The BCCI has assured that such a problem will not repeat itself this year and all staff and officials have planned to be present at the site.
“It’s not guaranteed on Christmas Eve. We will try to find a date that is convenient for everyone. The officer added.