We are here waiting for the next big episode of IPL after completing the successful journey of IPL 2020.
Despite the Pandemic the organizers and BCCI did an amazing job on conducting IPL in 2020 which helped a lot of small businesses, bloggers, Labor, and Advertisers in term of Return of Investment.
But the most important thing is that the cricket fans never get disappointed. It was a Win-Win situation for everyone.
Now we have reached 2021 safely by the grace of GOD while staying strong.
Do you know what is the greatest thing happening in 2021? Yes right, it is IPL 2021. The cricket fans are already excited about it while the fate of IPL 2021 is being decided behind the doors.
IPL 2021 in India or UAE?
This is the biggest question at hand right now whether the IPL be held in India or Back in UAE in 2021. If I spoke my heart out, I want it to happen in India like it always does.
But the worst case it must be planned in UAE because the COVID situation is under control there.
According to the recent news at ZeeNews BCCI has kept UAE as a backup plan if the COVID situation in India will not go well till the end of FEB.
BCCI has also said that the preferred venue for IPL 2021 will always be Domestic Stadiums.
BCCI is still on edge and watching the whole situation very carefully. Last year we have witnessed the successful IPL 2020 in UAE. And only a few franchises had a problem in fielding, bowling, and batting on the new grounds of UAE.
The final decision on deciding the venues for IPL 2021 will be announced after the mini-auction will be held on 18 February 2021.
IPL 2021 Mini Auction
Indian Premier League is famous for its mega auctions and grand opening ceremonies. It is a full action pack environment and money spent in the auction is eye-opening. After all, this is the biggest cricket league in the world of cricket.
While in 2021, BCCI has decided to organize a mini-auction on the released players of eight franchises. The retained players will remain the same.
IPL 2021 List of Retained and Release Players for Auction
Chennai Super Kings:
Retained Players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore
Released Players: Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Monu Singh, Shane Watson
Retained Players: Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes
Released Players: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy
Kings XI Punjab
Retained Players: KL Rahul, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohd. Shami, M Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Prabhsimran Singh
Released Players: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Zadran, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tejinder Singh Dhillon
Kolkata Knight Riders
Retained Players: Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Tim Seifert
Released Players: Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Tom Banton
Retained Players: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan
Released Players: Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, Mitchell McCleneghan
Retained Players: Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye
Released Players: Steve Smith, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Retained Players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Md. Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Phillipe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
Released Players: Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Gurkeerat Mann
Retained Players: David Warner, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad
Released Players: Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Bavanaka, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Prithviraj Yarra
IPL 2021 Schedule and Venues so far
IPL’s first match always starts with the winner and runners up of the last season of IPL.
This year IPL 2021 first match will be played between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals. Last year Mumbai Indian wins the IPL 2020 final match.
BCCI will announce the IPL 2021 schedule after the mini-auction on 18 Feb 2021. BCCI has not spoken yet over the release of the schedule. See more scheduled news.
The venues for IPL 2021 will be either UAE or India. If the venue selected India then the first match will be played in Chennai so far.
BCCI said, they will observe the situation of COVID during FEB and decide the venue for IPL 2021. However, BCCI kept the UAE option as a backup plan.
Guest Post Credits: Aman Sarwar