The IPL Mega Auction will be held on the 12th and 13th of February. Quite a number of big players will take part in the mega auction however, most of the players from Australia and England will not. The likes of Joe Root, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, and Josh Hazelwood may not take part in this year’s IPL.
For the England players, they are circled around with plenty of criticism after their Ashes humiliation of 4 – 0. The English test captain Joe Root was contemplating entering into the IPL auction but then backed out. The likes of Michael Atherton said in his Times column that players shouldn’t opt for IPL over International duties. Stokes pulled up niggle of side strain whereas Archer will be under rehabilitation for his elbow surgery.
New Aussie Skipper Pat Cummins has had a dream start to his Test career. At the time of his writing, there are reports that he may enter the IPL auction but nothing has been confirmed as yet. David Warner has already entered his name into the auction pool whereas Glenn Maxwell has already been retained by the Royal Challengers Banglore.
Cricketing Pundits from England were disappointed after their side sub-standard display in the Ashes and there is a growing voice of overhauling the cricket structure so that the side achieves favorable outcomes on away tours.
This year IPL will be played from the 2nd of April. The BCCI is currently monitoring the Covid situation and is leaving no stone unturned to host the premier competition in India. However, in case the IPL doesn’t take place in India due to Omicron and Covid threat, SA and UAE are the potential venues according to reports.