KKR chief executive Venky Mysore has suggested that the IPL mega auction, which is set to take place next year, should be postponed keeping in mind the present situation. The 2020 IPL will come to an end on November 10 while the next year's IPL is likely to be played in April-May.
The 2020 IPL will finally begin in a few days time after novel Coronavirus postponed the commencement of the cash-rich league, this year. But given that IPL will end on November 10 and the next IPL will be played after few months, KKR chief executive Venky Mysore reckons that it won't be a bad idea to postpone the IPL mega auction that will take place next year. Other franchises have also expressed that they will need time to think on the blocks for the auction as it takes a lot of preparation for such a big event and it should be postponed for one year.
"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" ESPNCricinfo 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 13th edition of the IPL will be played from September 19 till November 10 in the UAE across three venues - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. KKR will take on Mumbai Indians in their first game on September 23 in Abu Dhabi. Last year, the Dinesh Karthik-led side has finished at fifth position and will look to make amends this time around.