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The 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction has been delayed and is now set to take place in the third week of February.
The auction was supposed to be held on Saturday, but it has now been pushed back following the Supreme Court of India’s decision to remove Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke last month.
While the BCCI have yet to finalise the date of the auction, the franchises understand that it will now take place between February 20 and 25.
There has been speculation about whether the IPL would go ahead this year, but it seems to be back at the top of the priority list as the four-member committee of administrators met with the board’s management team to discuss what decisions need to be taken regarding the star-studded tournament.
“The Committee of Administrators (COA) met the concerned BCCI officials today to take stock of the urgent and important matters mainly concerning the successful conduct of IPL 2017,” a BCCI media release said. “The committee of administrators assured the franchises that it was overseeing the preparations for IPL and the ‘operational timelines’ will be sent out shortly.”
All current player contracts will expire at the end of this year’s IPL, paving the way for a massive auction in 2018, which will allow the teams to freshen up their rosters. However, it remains unclear whether the franchises will be allowed to retain players.