The date and time for IPL Auction 2021 have already been announced. The bidding war will take place on 18 February in Chennai and expected to start at 3:30 PM (IST). A total of 1097 players have registered for the mini-auction, out of which 814 are Indians while the rest 283 are overseas players. Like the previous seasons, there will be an IPL auction 2021 live telecast on the TV channel. Here below is all you need to know about this upcoming event next week.
IPL Auction 2021 Live Telecast Channel
Currently, Star Sports has all the rights to broadcast the Indian Premier League. In 2017, Star India had acquired IPL media rights for 5 years (2018-2022). So, the live telecast channel for IPL Auction 2021 will be Star Sports. Fans can tune in to watch IPL Auction 2021 on the date 18 February and the time will be 3:30 PM.
Besides, fans can stream IPL auction 2021 live on the Hotstar app with a paid subscription. If you are a Jio user, you can watch the event for free on the Jio TV app while the videos of the auction will be available on the official website of IPL. A total of 1097 players will go under the hammer next week.
All you need to know about Auction
Teams will look forward to strengthening their bench, while for teams like KXIP who have released most of their players, this mini-auction is going to be very crucial. Currently, the Punjab franchise has the highest purse available (53.20 crore) with 9 available slots. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad and KKR have the lowest purse. Both SRH and KKR have 10.75 crore to spend with 3 and 8 available slots respectively.
As the action of the 2021 season of the cash-rich league is concerned, players are divided into 6 categories according to their base price. The highest price category (2 crore) has 11 players including Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Steve Smith. Following base prices are 1.5 crore, 1 crore, 75 lakh, 50 lakh and 20 lakh.
Eyes will be on players like Arjun Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara who are not familiar names as far as IPL is concerned. S Sreesanth is also hoping for a contract as he registered his name for IPL Auction after playing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The pacer was out of the action since BCCI banned him for alleged match-fixing. Steve Smith also a player to watch out for. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals parted ways with their former captain.