The mega auction of the Indian Premier
League (IPL) will be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. According to a
Cricbuzz report, IPL officials have called each franchise on Thursday to inform
them of the dates. However, there is still no official confirmation regarding
the dates and venue from the BCCI.

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According to the report, the BCCI officials
also insisted that the schedule is final despite a clash with an international
game, an ODI between India and West Indies. The board has also assured the
franchises that the match will have no impact on the auction proceedings and
both will continue as per the schedule. India are scheduled to take on West
Indies in the second ODI on February 12 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

“It has been clarified to us that the
match and auction are two different things and both will go ahead,” a
franchise official was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

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However, it is believed that the BCCI may
disclose the final dates and venue only after receiving an official
confirmation letter from the official broadcaster of the IPL, Star Sports. The
broadcaster has already been apprised about the auction schedule. Now, the
board is waiting for its response.

The report also stated that the BCCI has
communicated the matter of the IPL auction with international boards and state
associations and asked them to send the list of players who wish to be
auctioned for the IPL 2022 by January 17.

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players likely to enrol themselves in the mega auction

The mega event, being held for 10 teams
this year with the inclusion of Ahmadabad and Lucknow franchises, will have
more than 1000 players with as many as between 200 to 250 expected to go under
the hammer.

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The IPL officials have also informed the
franchises that the formal pre-auction briefing, a normal feature of every
auction, will be held on February 11 and has asked them to be in Bangalore by
evening that day.