The auction venue for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is being contemplated as Istanbul for an overseas option by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). A final decision is expected to be taken in the first week of November with the regular venue Bengaluru also in consideration.

However, the Istanbul option is very much on the IPL table and is the first choice, Cricbuzz has reported.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

BCCI previously has come close to holding auctions overseas

The IPL authorities always thought of taking the auction overseas- on one occasion a workshop was held in Singapore. In another year, the BCCI came close to holding it in London but had to cancel it at the last minute in the face of resistance from a few franchises who argued of it as an expensive proposition.

IPL Media Rights: Disney Star Sports Wins TV Rights In Indian Subcontinent For 2023-27 Cycle - Reports
IPL Media Rights: Disney Star Sports Wins TV Rights In Indian Subcontinent For 2023-27 Cycle – Reports

Istanbul is still not a unanimous choice of all the stakeholders but when it comes to important IPL decisions, the BCCI always decides and its officials have informed the teams that the final decision will be taken early next month keeping Bengaluru as a potential second choice. The auction is tentatively scheduled for December 16.

IPL 2023 auction purse to be increased to 95cr from last year’s 90 cr

This year it is expected to be a mini auction and most likely it will be a one-day affair. The BCCI/IPL may also hold a workshop and the whole trip to Turkey could last just three or four days.

Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya
Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya. (Photo: IPL)

The franchises will have to inform the BCCI of the players they intend to release by November 15. The auction purse was INR 90 crore last year and it will be increased to INR 95 crore this year. The IPL 2023 is tentatively slated to start in the third week of March and will run till May-end or early June.

IPL 2023: Istanbul Shortlisted As Overseas Venue For Auction; Decision To Be Taken In November

ALSO READ: IND vs NED: “We Are Not Going To Rest Anyone”- Paras Mhambrey After Speculation About Hardik Pandya Taking Rest vs Netherlands

IPL 2023: Istanbul Shortlisted As Overseas Venue For Auction; Decision To Be Taken In November