The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 player auction will held on February 18 (Thursday) in Chennai. A total of 61 slots are available to be filled across the eight franchises, with RCB having the most number of available slots (13).
The announcement was made via IPL’s Twitter handle exactly a week after PTI reported the date. “IPL 2021 Player Auction on 18th February,” part of the post.
Top Australian draws like Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell were released from Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab respectively on the last day of the retention deadline.
The other notable names to be released were Chris Morris, Harbhajan Singh and Aaron Finch. A total of 139 players were retained by the franchises and 57 players were released.
Kings XI Punjab will enter the auction with the biggest purse (Rs 53.20 crore), followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 35.90 crore) and Rajasthan Royals (Rs 34.85 crore). With Rs 10.75 crore each, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have the lowest purse going into the auction.