IPL 2022 Mega Auction promises to be the grandest auction in the Indian Premier League’s history. For the first time in over a decade, there will be ten teams bidding for the players who go under the hammer.
Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, Ahmedabad and Lucknow will participate in IPL 2022 Mega Auction.
The difference between a mega auction and a mini auction is that before a mega auction, teams are only allowed to retain three to five players, whereas before a mini auction, franchises can retain any number of players.
Table of Contents
- How to register for IPL Auction 2022?
- IPL Retention Rules
- For 1 Player Retained:
- For 2 Players Retained:
- For 3 Players Retained:
- For 4 Players Retained:
- How many players can be retained in the IPL mega auction?
- How many players can be retained in the IPL 2022 mega auction?
- How many capped players can be retained in the IPL?
- How many overseas players can be retained in the IPL mega auction?
- RTM rules in IPL Auction 2022
- How many RTM cards are there in IPL 2022?
- IPL Replacement rules
- What are the replacement rules for injured players in IPL?
- IPL Auction rules for uncapped players
- IPL Auction 2022 rules for new teams
- How many rounds does the IPL mega Auction have?
- What is an accelerated auction in IPL?
- What happens to unsold players in the IPL auction?
How to register for IPL Auction 2022?
The registration for IPL Auction 2022 has not opened yet. However, interested and eligible players can register themselves for the mega auction once the BCCI opens the window and shares the link publicly for registration.
IPL Retention Rules
The retention is the most important thing about the IPL mega auction. Many teams often end up losing their star players because of the IPL retention rules. It is an advantage for the teams who need to press the reset button and form a fresh squad. However, the champion teams end up losing their superstars.
BCCI has set the following IPL Retention rules and salary cap for the eight existing franchises.
For 1 Player Retained:
|Player Number||Salary (Total INR 14 crore)|
|1||INR 14 Crore|
For 2 Players Retained:
|Player Number||Salary (Total INR 24 crore)|
|1||INR 14 crore|
|2||INR 10 crore|
For 3 Players Retained:
|Player Number||Salary (Total INR 33 crore)|
|1||INR 15 crore|
|2||INR 11 crore|
|3||INR 7 crore|
For 4 Players Retained:
|Player Number||Salary (Total INR 42 crore)|
|1||INR 16 crore|
|2||INR 12 crore|
|3||INR 8 crore|
|4||INR 6 crore|
Each team has an auction purse of maximum INR 90 crore. Depending on the number of players they retain, their auction purse will be adjusted accordingly.
Fans should note that the aforementioned salary cap is the minimum salary. If the franchise and the player agree to a deal for more or less than the suggested salary cap, whichever the amount higher will be cut from the purse.
For example, if Royal Challengers Bangalore retain Virat Kohli for INR 17 crore and they retain four players, then instead of 16 crore, 17 crore will be cut from their purse and a total of 43 crore will be deducted.
How many players can be retained in the IPL mega auction?
A. Generally, a team can retain 3 to 5 players before IPL Mega Auction. The number has changed many times. In 2011, it was 4, in 2014 it went up to 5, but in 2018, there were only 3 players retention allowed.
How many players can be retained in the IPL 2022 mega auction?
A. Ahead of IPL Auction 2022, the BCCI allowed the eight teams to retain a maximum of four players each from their IPL 2021 squads. The two new teams can pick three players each before the mega auction begins.
How many capped players can be retained in the IPL?
A. There are no upper limits for the number of capped players that can be retained for IPL Mega Auction 2022. Teams can retain a maximum of four players and all four can be capped.
How many overseas players can be retained in the IPL mega auction?
A. A maximum of two overseas players can be retained by the existing eight franchises before IPL Mega Auction 2022. The two new teams can draft a maximum of one foreign player each.
RTM rules in IPL Auction 2022
RTM is a popular term in IPL Auctions. It’s full form is Right to Match. When a team releases one of its players into the auction pool, the RTM card allows them to buy him back at his auction price.
For example, if Rajasthan Royals release Ben Stokes, and Sunrisers Hyderabad buy him for INR 10 crore at the mega auction. RR can use their RTM card to sign Stokes for INR 10 crore.
Before selling Stokes to SRH, the auctioneer will ask RR if they wish to use the RTM card.
How many RTM cards are there in IPL 2022?
A. The BCCI has not allowed the RTM cards this year, meaning there will be 0 (zero) Right To Match cards with the franchises at IPL Auction 2022.
IPL Replacement rules
The replacement rules in IPL are simple to understand. If a player gets injured, tests positive for COVID-19 or returns home due to personal reasons, then franchises can sign replacements. The replacements can only be the players who registered for the preceding IPL Auction and went unsold.
No player outside the auction pool can join any franchise as a replacement. Also, if the team does not have any spots for overseas players, they will not be able to sign an overseas replacement for an Indian player.
What are the replacement rules for injured players in IPL?
A. If a player gets injured during a match, practice session or off the field, IPL franchises can sign any player from the unsold list as his replacement, provided they meet the maximum limits of overseas players in the squad.
IPL Auction rules for uncapped players
The IPL Auction rules for uncapped players are almost the same as capped players. However, there is a major difference and that is the order of the auction as well as the base price.
Capped players have permission to set their base price upto INR 2 crore. However, uncapped players have permission to keep base price upto INR 40 lakh, as of 2021.
Talking about the auction order, the capped players go under the hammer first. The uncapped set comes after the capped names, meaning that the franchises use up a majority of their funds before the uncapped players go under the hammer at the IPL Auctions. There is no rule for signing a minimum number of uncapped players, but franchises often target uncapped names and try to nurture their talent.
IPL Auction 2022 rules for new teams
There are two big rules for the new teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad. First is that they can sign a maximum of three players each, two Indians + one foreigner, before IPL Auction 2022.
The second rule is that they will have a purse of INR 90 crore like other teams, and when they buy players outside the auction, the auction purse will be adjusted accordingly.
How many rounds does the IPL mega Auction have?
The IPL Mega Auction will have a minimum of three rounds. There will be a lot of sub-categories in those rounds. The major divisions for the rounds will be - Capped Players, Uncapped Players and Unsold Players.
What is an accelerated auction in IPL?
The accelerated IPL Auction generally happens in the final phase of the event. It is a phase where the auctioneer quickly passes by the names if there are no bids. Franchises pick the unsold names whom they want to be auctioned again in the accelerated auction.
What happens to unsold players in the IPL auction?
The unsold players are free to play matches elsewhere. However, franchises remain in touch of the unsold players they are interested in so that they can rope them in if they need a replacement player.
Also, some unsold players join the IPL franchises as net bowlers to help them with their training.
Check the updated RCB 2021 retained players list here.