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IPL auctions postposned to the third week of February

By Nilabh Aole -

Earlier, the Supreme Court of India had sacked BCCI President Anurag Thakur and chief secretary Ajay Shirke as the Indian board had neglected numerous warnings issued by the Lodha committee. The next big step taken by SC was appointing a 4-member committee to take the administrative decision of BCCI. The panel is led by Vinod Rai, who is a former Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

From past couple of weeks, the cricketing fraternity is eagerly waiting for the IPL auctions as the teams had already been looking for potential players whom will help them to create proper balance for the team. 

The auctions were previously expected to take place on 4th February is now has been fitted to the third week of this months and probably the auction will take place between the 20th – 25th of February. The latest media release of BCCI read, "The Committee of Administrators (COA) met the concerned BCCI officials today to take stock of the urgent and important matters mainly concerning the successful conduct of IPL 2017."

The postponing the of auctions will help the recently appointed administrative panel members to settle in more into the BCCI. After the end of the committee meeting held on February 1, 2017, they have clarified that the biggest money spinner of India will start on April 5, 2017, and also given the assured to the stakeholders that there will be a smooth conduct of IPL.

As the now the auctions are postponed the teams will get a much more time to think over their plans to decide the squads as well. Some of the reports have suggested that the Ben Stokes will be fined with the heavy amount by the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) if he gets a signing from an IPL franchise. Such a move from ECB will diminish the chances of picking of English players in the auctions. 

Nilabh Aole

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