Preity Zinta, the co-owner of the Punjab Kings, will not attend the IPL 2022 mega auctions, which will take place on February 12 and 13. She shared the news on Instagram.

“I won’t be able to attend the IPL Mega Auction this year since I can’t leave my children and fly to India. The previous several days have been frantic as we discussed the auction and everything cricket with our crew. I wanted to reach out to our supporters and ask if they had any player ideas or suggestions for our new squad. I’d want to know who you’d like to see in the red jersey this year. Bring it on, people… #iplauction #throwback, I’m all ears,” she shared.

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For the past 14 years, Preity Zinta has shared ownership of Punjab Kings alongside Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, and Karan Paul. On February 17, 2021, the Mohali-based franchise Kings XI Punjab changed its name to Punjab Kings. Aside from the 2014 season, when they topped the league standings and finished runners-up, the squad has only made one other playoff appearance in 13 seasons.

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) is expected to grow in size and popularity this year, with the inclusion of two additional teams, Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans. Before the action returns to India later this year, all ten franchises will battle for the best set of players at the major auctions on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. The auction will begin at 11 am IST on both days.

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A total number of 590 players will be auctioned off in total. There are 370 Indian players and 220 international players. Each player is appraised before the franchises begin the bidding war at the auction table. Team owners, strategists, and coaches all collaborate to find the best player at the best possible price.