As per an official source, the IPL 2021 auction is likely to take place in Chennai either on February 18 or 19.
“The second Test match ends in Chennai on February 17. So, we will go for either 18 or 19 and the venue is Chennai,” a source in the know of events told ANI.
Talks on whether to host the cash-rich tournament in India this year is possible or not, is also being discussed. BCCI is also taking into account the possibility of hosting the league outside the country depending on the situations.
Although the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had reiterated that they are inclined to organize the event in India itself and are doing as much as they can to make that happen.
“India will be the preferred choice, but it also depends a lot on how the situation is and a better picture will be got after the Mushtaq Ali tournament plays out. UAE was excellent and there is no doubt the Emirates Cricket Board ensured everything went on smoothly. But then, it is the Indian T20 league and we will look to host it here if possible and with the government’s approval,” the source added.
India will be hosting a four-match Test series against England starting next month. England’s tour will also comprise of three ODIs and five T20Is. Depending on how the whole series works out, BCCI is likely to decide on whether to host the cash-rich tournament at home or not.