IPL 2019: BCCI allocates prime time for auction
The auction process for the next edition of Indian Premier League is said to get a new prime time and it will be a one day affair this time.
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 is officially launched a couple of weeks ago as the franchises announced the list of players they are taking with them for the next edition of the richest T20 league.
As usual the released players from each franchise will go in to the auction process along with the other players who are selected for the process. The hammering process for the next season is all set to take place on December 18 in Jaipur.
Not like in the last auction, this time it will be a one day affair. Only 70 players will be going under hammer including 20 overseas players and 50 home team players.
Since the auction process is scheduled to happen in a weekday, Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned to allocate a prime time for the process and it is likely to be 3 PM.
Earlier this month, all the teams announced the list of released and retained players and ever since then, the fans are eagerly waiting for the auction to commence. Slowly but surely, things are being finalised with only three weeks left for the event to take place.
The auction is planned to start at 3 PM and to close at 9.30 PM. December 18 is scheduled to be the final day of the second Test between India and Australia and by 3 PM in the country, the action will definitely end before the auction begins.
“It does not make sense to have the auction running parallel to the Test match which has potential to go down the wire and produce a thrilling finish,” a source close to the proceedings said.