New Delhi: The player auction ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) edition will take place on February 18 in Chennai. IPL confirmed the news on their official Twitter handle: "IPL 2021 Player Auction on 18th February. Venue: Chennai."
As many as 139 players have been retained by the eight IPL franchises whereas 57 players have been released from their existing squads. Sunrisers Hyderabad have retained the most number of players -- 22 -- while Royal Challengers Bangalore have only 12 players in the squad.
Kings XI Punjab will enter the auction with the biggest possible purse of Rs 53.20 crore, followed by RCB (Rs 35.90 crore). Kolkata Knight Riders and SRH have the least amount of purse remaining - Rs 10.75 crore.
Rajasthan Royals, who have appointed Sanju Samson as they captain after releasing Steve Smith, will look to fill their three overseas slot sand have a purse remaining of Rs 34.85 crore.
Chennai Super Kings have Rs 22.90 crore, Delhi Capitals Rs 12.90 crore and Mumbai Indians Rs 15.35 crore in their purse.
The 2020 IPL edition was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a bio-secure environment from September 19 to November 10 due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Mumbai Indians had defeated Delhi Capitals in the summit clash in Dubai to win the title for a record fifth time.
(From IANS with minor edits)