The 2017 IPL player auction has been postponed to the third week of February from its earlier scheduled date of 4th February. There has not been any confirmation with regards to the new date. The delay comes on account of the Supreme court ruling which dismantled the existing organization structure of the BCCI in January. Following the recommendations of the Lodha committee. Subsequent to the ruling, the appointment of the committee of administrators could not be completed in time so as to stick to the original timeline of the auction.
This year’s IPL has been slotted in the April-5 to May-21 window. Although the franchises have been calmly watching the proceedings of the BCCI, they are eagerly awaiting the release of the player roster which is normally released two weeks prior to the auction day, which aids them in shortlisting the players as per their team requirements and the players’ availability.
The 2018 edition of the IPL will see the complete overhaul of the team squads as it would be the end of the three year cycle and a mega auction is expected in the next year. For this year, the franchises have been allotted a purse of 66 crores for the auction. A part of this purse is deducted upon retention of players. This is how the teams head into the auction:
Prior to this year’s auctions, 140 cricketers, including 44 overseas cricketers were retained by their respective 8 IPL franchises. The window for retention of players closed on December 15 and 7 teams except KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) have retained more than 20 players. All the teams have retained the core of their squad and will be hoping to strengthen their squads further in the auction. The following is the list of retained players by each team.