With the Indian home season soon approaching its end, fans all across the country are already super-hyped to watch their favourite teams in action in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With every passing day, the wait for IPL 2021 is getting short and shorter. So much so, that even the precursory, pre-season mini-auction that will take place in Chennai this Thursday has garnered a fair bit of traction around itself. To get or to download the pdf of the IPL 2021 schedule read full content carefully.
The IPL 2021 mini-auction will see as many as 292 players go under the hammer. Of the 164 registered Indian names, a good chunk of them has been quite prominent in the international circuit in recent times. Meanwhile, the remaining 128 overseas candidates (125 international, 3 associates) also have some incredibly promising and household T20 names.
Mini-auction and WT20 2021 interesting side aspects around IPL 14
As many as 10 players have priced themselves at the highest available INR 2 Crore price bracket. These include former CSK players Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav; besides other prominent marquee foreigners like Steve Smith, Jason Roy, and Shakib al Hasan. Besides these marquee stars, several key members of the Indian test team, like Hanuma Vihari (1 crore), Umesh Yadav (1 crore), and Cheteshwar Pujara (50 lakhs) have also made themselves available. Interestingly, Arjun, the 21-year-old son of legendary India batsman Sachin Tendulkar, has also thrown his name in the ring.
What makes IPL 14 particularly relevant on the competitive side of things; is that it will be one of the premier warm-up tournaments leading up to T20 World later this year. Players will be able to familiarize themselves with the subcontinental conditions, which will certainly come in handy.
IPL 2021 official schedule PDF download
So, with all the hype and build-up that we’ve created around IPL 2021, here’s the big question: what about the official schedule? When does the tournament kick-off? How will the organizers manage the tournament amidst the country’s prevailing COVID-19 situation? What venues have been finalized? Where to book tickets?
Well, to answer your questions, here’s what you need to know: the IPL 2021 official schedule isn’t out yet. However, in the coming weeks, the BCCI will upload an itinerary on their official website. This live blog will provide a link to download the official PDF file of the IPL 2021 schedule; as and when it is available. We request you to follow this link to catch all the pre-season IPL updates.
Key predictions on IPL 2021
As for time and venue, there are a few key aspects available on those fronts to formulate some key points. Firstly, the 14th edition of the IPL will be played exclusively in India this time around. Thankfully, the COVID-19 situation has stabilized to a point where the BCCI can allow limited crowd-attendance in the stadiums. These venues, while not explicitly finalized yet, will most likely feature the 8 home-cities of each participating franchises.
Given that India’s home series against England will be their last assignment leading up to the IPL; it’s reasonable to assume that there will be at least a one-two week interim between both the series. The England series concludes on 28 March, so a likely estimated time of commencement for the 2021 season will be 4-11 April. Also, keeping in line with the pattern of the defending champions playing the first match; it’s quite likely that Mumbai Indians will feature as one of the teams in the IPL 2021 season opener. If we had to guess, the other two teams might be one of Chennai Super Kings (MS Dhoni) or Royal Challengers Bangalore (Virat Kohli).