The Player auction for IPL 2021 will be held on February 18 in Chennai the IPL tweeted on its Official twitter handle on Wednesday.
Ahead of the auction, the windows for player retentions were closed on January 20 & several big players including Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and Aaron Finch were released by their respective teams. Most teams preferred to retain their core even as there were some trade-offs like Robin Uthappa, who joined Chennai Super Kings from Rajasthan Royals. A total of 139 players were retained by their teams while 57 were released ahead of the auction.
Players including Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga found themselves without a contract as did Piyush Chawla, Kedar Jadhav, Chris Morris, Mitchell McClenaghan and Moeen Ali among others. South Africa’s star pacer Dale Steyn had made himself unavailable for RCB as well as other teams ahead of the retention deadline while Steyn’s former RCB teammate Parthiv Patel retired from all cricket.
Harbhajan Singh contract wasn’t renewed by CSK while Malinga retired from franchise cricket altogether. Sanju Samson was appointed as the New Captain of Rajasthan Royals after the departure of Smith who led the team in the IPL 2020. Under the captaincy of Steve Smith Rajasthan finished at the bottom of the Points table in last season. Mumbai Indians won IPL 2020 after defeating Delhi Capitals in the final in Dubai. It was Mumbai Indians fifth title win. Other teams who won the IPL more than once are Chennai Super Kings (2010, 2011, 2018) and Kolkata Knight Riders (2012, 2014).