The IPL organizers are looking for a trade window in November following the conclusion of the T20 World Cup in Australia. India star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will reportedly be the biggest name to enter this year.
The trade window, during which players can switch franchises, will be followed by a mini-auction in December-January or February.
“We are looking at December-January or early February for the auctions.” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport. “Before that, the trade window will be back this time. The trade window will open around November or early December, depending on the final auction date.
"It will be a short auction as we had the big one last season. The last auction was the major one and the next three will be mini auctions as the teams want to develop the squads,”
It was reported that Jadeja parted ways with CSK after being abruptly removed as captain. Despite being under contract with CSK for three years, the all-rounder severed all ties with the team's management by the end of the IPL in May 2022. Before that, Jadeja was treated at NCA after a rib injury forced him to withdraw from the competition, but he failed to report to CSK.
CSK finished ninth with only four wins after Jadeja's reported departure.
“It’s clear he is unhappy and very hurt. He will look for the options, let’s see how things pan out,” said one of Jadeja's close associates.
Later, he deleted two years' worth of Instagram posts related to the franchise and stopped following CSK. He did not appear in the franchise's video wishing MS Dhoni a happy birthday.
CSK has the option of trading the star. For that to happen, CSK and Jadeja must have first received offers from other franchises.
IPL 2023 Auction rules
Other names expected to enter the IPL 2023 trade window are Tymal Mills (MI), Adam Milne (CSK), Manish Pandey (LSG), Vijay Shankar (GT), and Shahrukh Khan (PBKS). The trade window will be open for a month, and only three players can be traded during the period.
Meanwhile, the IPL Auction will be short and straightforward, with most teams being able to retain their starting lineup of up to nine players.
Every one of the ten IPL teams will be able to keep as many players as they want for the upcoming season. There will be no upper limit on the number of players retained, unlike in IPL 2022, when the maximum number of players retained was four.
Players who performed well in the IPL 2022 and have the potential to perform even better will be retained, while non-performing players will be released.
The purse value of each franchise is expected to rise to INR 95 crores. The BCCI set a purse value of INR 90 crores for each franchise in the previous auction.
While the BCCI banned the Right to Match card in the IPL 2022 auction, the feature may return in the upcoming auction. Teams can therefore reclaim released players by matching the highest bid.