IPL 2017 auction of players, which was scheduled on February 4 is now postponed to the third week of the month. As expected, player's auction for IPL will now take place between February 20 and 25. Previously, the IPL Governing Council scheduled the tournament between April 5 and May 21, with the auction being fixed on February 4. The disruption came after Supreme Court ruled out BCCI's top brass officials to fall in line with Lodha Panel recommendations. The date of the auction is not finalized yet.
Lately, the Supreme Court removed incumbent BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke. Following the changes as proposed by the Lodha Committee, the internal administrative structure was overhauled with new officials appointed under the supervision of the panel. BBCI underwent fundamental changes in its working, functionalities, and distribution of responsibilities among its office barriers. Currently, Rahul Johri the CEO of BCCI, is heading the management. He wanted to stay with previous timelines set by the past officials. However, as the Supreme Court delayed the appointment of the new committee of administrators, the previous schedules were abandoned.
As reported, the newly appointed committee prioritized IPL and are speeding up their work. The Committee of administrators are also set to meet the BCCI management soon to come into a conclusion on IPL. A BCCI media release stated COA took "stock of the urgent and important matters concerning the successful conduct of IPL 2017." The committee also assured the franchisees on the preparation for IPL. The release stated that operational timelines "will be sent out shortly."
The new administrators are receiving good support from the franchisees. Franchisee officials are confident on the Court as they believe that its decision never affected cricket in both domestic and international circuit. In fact, some officials are perceiving the delays as an advantage. Per the officials, the teams will have more time to scout domestic talent from the ongoing Inter-State domestic T20 tournament for IPL. The tournament will end on February 18. However, the re-scheduling of the auction dates will cut short the time for franchisees to get hold of player's rooster. In earlier instances, the franchises got the roosters two weeks ahead, but it is unlikely this time.
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