“Postponing IPL Mega Auction is not at all a Bad Idea”, says KKR CEO!


Chief Executive of KKR Venky Mysore has said that postponing the IPL’s mega auction is not a bad idea. The IPL’s mega auction is scheduled to be held in 2021 but many franchises have already indicated towards pushing it back by another one year.

The 2020 edition of the IPL is scheduled to start from September 19 & with IPL in line franchises will be left with just four months to prepare for the mega auction. “I’ve heard that as well and it’s not a bad idea to push it back by a year, considering we’ll have such a short period of time between the finals this season and the start of the next edition in April-May. So it’s not a bad idea but has to be thought through”, quoted Mysore as saying.

“There are various other ramifications of what it may mean contractually for the players and whatnot, but the mega auction being pushed back has been done before when two teams were banned, the auction was pushed back by a year. So there is precedence to that. Whether this situation warrants that, let’s wait and see, but it’s not a bad idea for the moment,” he added.

The last mega auction for the IPL was conducted in the year 2019 as CSK & Rajasthan Royals returned after serving their two year ban in relation to the spot fixing case.

“Sometimes we forget this is a very young league, we”re only into the 13th year. Until India won the T20 World Cup in 2007, the T20 format hadn”t caught the imagination of the public. Foreigners have had more experience playing the format, and because they’re allowed to go and play in the other leagues, there”s a certain experience they bring with it,” Mysore said.

“But if you see within our own KKR set-up, Abhishek Nayar is our assistant coach. He’s outstanding, he runs our KKR academy. His knowledge about the Indian boys is outstanding, and they look up to him. He’s a mentor. Similarly, we have Omkar Salvi, the assistant bowling coach. Kamlesh Jain is our head physio. All these guys have grown into their positions,” he added.

The IPL 2020 will be played from September 19 in the UAE across three venues Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah. Mumbai Indians will face CSK in the IPL inaugural session which will be played on September 19 while Kolkata Knight Riders will face Mumbai Indians in their opening match on September 23.