Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has come to an end. Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Capitals have qualified for playoffs. On the other hand, IPL teams who have knocked out from the IPL 2020 are already thinking to strengthen their squad for the IPL 2021.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are the two mains teams who severely need new players in their team for the next year’s IPL. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have finished the points table at 7th position while KXIP ended the tournament at 6th position.
Kings XI Punjab might let go of some big names from the squad for the next year. They need a consistent allrounder at number 5 or 6th position. While CSK has to rebuild their entire team for the IPL 2021. CSK opening batsman Shane Watson has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket and will not play IPL next year.
CSK players like Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Karn Sharma, Murali Vijay, and Dwayne Bravo might be released by CSK next year.
However, CSK and KXIP will depend on BCCI’s decision whether they will allow the upcoming IPL auction or not. Earlier this year, there were reports that the mega auction which was scheduled to take place ahead of IPL 2021 is likely to be scrapped due to COVID-19.
Sourav Ganguly on IPL 2021 auction:
However, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has revealed that the IPL auction will be happened or not for next year.
When a Hindustan Times reporter asked him about IPL 2021 auction, Sourav Ganguly said, “We haven’t decided anything yet. Let this season conclude, we will take a call.”
Ganguly on IPL hosting next year in India:
Sourav Ganguly also shared that BCCI is looking to host IPL 2021 in India. If the COVID-19 situation in the country is under control. If it doesn’t possible then IPL 2021 will be hosted again in UAE in April or May of next year.
Ganguly said on IPL 2021 hosting in India, “Hopefully the vaccine will be out by that time and we can host it.”