The 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) had a grand finish last month but the fans need not to wait long for their T20 tournament to start again. The next edition of the cash-rich is expected to get underway from April, 2022. The eight-team tournament will now expand to ten teams with the addition of franchises from Lucknow and Ahmedabad.
IPL 2022 Retention Rules
As the new teams are set to make their debut in the next season, we will also see a mega auction. If some reports are to be believed, the existing franchises can retain a maximum of four players and must disclose the list of retained players by 30th November. The two new teams will then pick 4 players from the released list or players from the auction pool in the first 25 days of December.
The existing franchises are advocating for Right To Match (RTM) but nothing has been officially communicated so far.
Date and Time of IPL 2022 Mega Auction
Now, a latest report of InsideSport reads that the mega auction will likely take place in the first week of January. The timing of the grand event is anticipated to be 3:30 pm.
Venue of IPL 2022 Mega Auction
Much like the other seasons’ auctions, the event is scheduled to take place in India. The host city has not been revealed yet.
Star Sports Network holds the rights to broadcast IPL in India. So, the mega auction will be telecasted live on the channels of Star Sports, while Disney+ Hotstar will be the online streaming partner.
As much as the fans, the teams will also look up to the mega auction. It comes after every three years and the franchises, including ones from Lucknow and Ahmedabad, would aim to build a solid core that will likely reap rewards for them in the coming seasons.