The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is leaving no chance to conduct the mega auction prior of the Indian Premier League 2022 season evenly.
A total of 590 cricketers will go under the hammer on February 12th and 13th in Bengaluru as the 10 franchises – counting recently-added Lucknow Super Giants and Team Ahmedabad – will look to settle their squads.
The auction will take place in a bio-secure bubble amidst COVID-19 pandemic in India. The BCCI have mentioned some unavoidable rules that all 10 teams must follow at IPL 2022 auction table.
* The IPL 2022 auction will occur in a bio-bubble.
* The officials representing the franchises will have to clear COVID-19 tests with negative RT-PCR report on February 9th, 10th and 11th. The testing will be conducted by BCCI-recognized medical agency.
* No Right to Match (RTM) option will be enabled for the team in this auction.
* Only 3 players have been allowed to be preserved by the original eight IPL teams whilst the two new teams have been permitted 3 draft picks prior of the auction. It concludes all the teams will start with a clean slate at the auction.
* The IPL 2022 purse has been augmented to ₹ 90 crore from ₹ 80 crore to take in more players, chiefly from the domestic circuit.
* Participants who have returned to India following overseas trips in the last 15 days will have to undergo 7-day obligatory quarantine and test negative on Day 8th and 9th (twice).
* BCCI will keep a close check on those arriving at the team hotel on February 11th. They will be observed for COVID-19 symptoms.
* The testing will be conducted between 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM to assure fluid conduct of the IPL 2022 auction on February 12th and 13th. The members will stay in their rooms till notified negative for the virus.
* All the attendees will have to share full details including COVID vaccination reports (if any) with the BCCI medical team.
* All the participants will have to wear masks in the auditorium at the auction table.
In the meantime, the BCCI is anticipating a windfall from the media rights agreement ahead of the IPL Season 15. Plethora of networks, such as Sony Sports Network, global giants Disney Star Network, Reliance-Viacom 18 and Amazon among others, are in the queue to grab the IPL Media Rights.
The Indian cricket board will sell the television and digital telecast rights of the IPL for four years – between 2023 and 2027.