If reports are to be believed, the Indian Premier League 2021 will be played between April 9 and May 30, across 6 venues. According to the indiatoday.in sources, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangaluru, New Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai will host the 60 match cricket extravaganza. All the matches will be played in the biosecure environment. The 2020 edition of the IPL was held in UAE amidst the growing concerns of the Coronavirus in India but the BCCI was keen on hosting the next season in India.
While there is no update on allowing crowds, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was hopeful of having fans in the stadium.
“This year it is going to be big. We’ll see if we can get crowds back into the IPL. That’s a decision we will have to take shortly,” said Ganguly post the IPL auction.
BCCI allowed 50% crowd to be present in the ongoing India-England series and it seems that the IPL 2021 will also see the fans cheering for their favourite teams from the stands. The squads were finalised after a mini auction that was held n 18th February. Players like Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson were some of the biggest buys of the auction.
Here is how the full squad looks after the IPL auction.
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
Players purchased : Nathan Coulter-Nile, Adam Milne, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen Arjun Tendulkar
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
Players Purchased: Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Royal Challenger 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
Players Purchased: Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudesai
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
Players Purchased: Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagat Varma, Hari Nishant
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
Purchased Players : Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Kariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Aakash Singh
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
Purchased Players : Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings
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
Players Purchased: Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Dawid Malan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar
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 SeifertLive TV
Players Purchased: Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi