BCCI CEO Hemang Amin, who is also working as the IPL COO, has instructed every IPL franchises to get two RT-PCR tests for every single individual partaking in the IPL auction on February 18 in Chennai.
Every franchise will have to submit a negative RT-PCR test for their attendees conducted 72 hours before the auction date while on arrival at the venue, Grand Chola in Chennai, they will have to pass another.
“Please note that the team members attending the player auction in Chennai will need to do an RT-PCR test 72 hours before the auction date and submit the negative report. Further, there will be a test done in Chennai at the venue for the members attending the auction, details of which will be shared in due course,” Amin wrote to the franchises in a mail, reported Cricbuzz.
Only 13 members of the franchises will be allowed at the venue of which 8 will be at the auction table and 5 will be seated in the gallery. That would severely curtail the number of Social media and content creating people traveling with the squad for the auction.
“Kindly confirm the names of your team members who will be present at the auction – maximum of 13 members of which 8 will be at the auction table and 5 will be seated in the gallery, to Anaisha (IPL official) by 5th February 2021.”
IPL trading window to close on Feb 11 and reopen after auction
It has emerged that the teams can trade their players till February 11 and at 5 PM that day, the window will close. It will further reopen after the IPL auction and will go on till a month before the start of the tournament.
“The Player registration for IPL 2021 Auction is in process and the Auction Register will be circulated… The trading window will remain open till seven days prior to the auction date and will close on 11th February 2021 at 5:00 PM (IST).”