If a report in Mumbai Mirror is to be believed, the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL) auction will be held in December. According to the report, the IPL 2019 players auction will take place on December 17 and 18 and Jaipur has been selected as the host city for the bidding action. The unconfirmed report states that same has been conveyed to the franchise owners. Meanwhile, it is reported that some of the franchises are unhappy as they wanted the auction to be held after the venue is known. Will the IPL 2019 Not Played in India? The 12th Indian Premier League Might Be Scheduled to Take Place in UAE or South Africa, Says Report
It is pertinent to mention that the IPL 2019 could be held in South Africa or in UAE due to the general elections in the country. “We wanted the auction to be conducted after the venue is known so that we could have chosen our players accordingly but the BCCI has its own timelines to follow,” a franchise official was quoted as saying by Mumbai Mirror.
Meanwhile, as per the report, Australian and England cricketers will not be available for IPL 2019 beyond May 01 due to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which starts on May 31 in England. The IPL 2019 schedule is yet to be confirmed but most likely the tournament will start from March 29 and end somewhere in the third week of the May. Shikhar Dhawan Added to Delhi Daredevils Squad for IPL 2019: SunRisers Hyderabad Release Dashing Batsman Ahead of 2019 Indian Premier League!
In view of the World Cup, chances are most of the overseas players will be unavailable towards the last leg of the IPL 2019, particularly playoffs and final. Though there is no official confirmation regarding the same. It will be interesting to see whether cricket boards will allow their contracted players to play the IPL 2019 till the end or not.