The build-up to the Indian Premier League (IPL) is always an interesting one considering the auctions that are always filled with hype, suspense and excitement followed by the appointment of support staff, the composition of the schedule and the allocation of games at venues.
Since the auction itself is going to be a much-awaited one considering it will involve a major overhaul is set to take place in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.
Before the IPL auctions take place, there will be an IPL player retention event, which will be held in Mumbai on January 4.
With the deadline for the retention closing in, it has been reported that Star Sports will telecast the event. Earlier, the player retention used to be done through formal e-mails, which was sent to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the IPL teams.
The officials of the IPL teams have been asked to be present here on Thursday evening. As reported by Pune Mirror, efforts are also being made to see if a few ‘retained’ players can also turn up on the day and whole event will be telecast live on Star Sports, which has bagged the IPL broadcast rights.
“The idea is to send out a message that that the IPL is not just about money. A lot of effort is put in team-building and we want to start the IPL coverage through retention. The retained players form the core of the teams,” a Star official was quoted saying to Pune Mirror.
As briefly reported by this paper yesterday, promotions of the programme have not yet started because technically, Sony were the holders of the rights till December 31. The mega-auction of the league’s 11th edition will be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28. This year’s auction will see teams having an increased budget of Rs 80 crore from previous Rs 66 crore. All five players can be retained by a franchise, which includes two Right to Match cards.
Though the time of the event is yet to be confirmed by the broadcasters, it is expected that it will get underway at 1900 IST.
2018 IPL retentions
- Date: January 4, 2018
- Venue: Taj Lands End, Mumbai
- Time: 1700 IST
- Telecast: Star Sports
Earlier, it was reported that the coverage will start as early as January, in spite of the actual event will take place in April-May. The broadcasters have singled out six months exclusively for the event and will have as many as 10 dedicated channels on their network for the most-anticipated event in the Indian Cricket calendar.