One of the most prestigious T20 franchise tournaments in the world, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will return to action in the summer of 2024, but the teams will first get the chance to build on their existing squads. The IPL 2024 Mini Auction is reportedly going to be held in December of this year, with the team purse increasing to 100 crores from 95 crores last season.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is looking to avoid the clash of auction dates with the festival of Christmas, which was the case last year. It had led to many of the team officials not appearing in person, but in a virtual manner, at the IPL 2023 Mini Auction, including the likes of Ricky Ponting, the head coach of Delhi Capitals.

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In a report published on InsideSport, a BCCI official was quoted as saying, “The focus is now on World Cup and once every detail is taken care of, we will move towards IPL. We will decide the date after the World Cup. It is most likely in the third or fourth week of December. But it will only be discussed at the IPL GC meeting later on. It will not be on Christmas Eve for sure. We will try to look at a comfortable date for all.”

It was also revealed that the final date and venue for the IPL 2024 Mini Auction will be announced after the ODI World Cup, which will be held in India during October and November of this year. Furthermore, the likely hosts for the auction could be one city in Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kochi, and Kolkata.

Notably, in the IPL 2023 Mini Auction, Punjab Kings broke the bank with INR 18.50 crore to get Sam Curran on their team. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians paid INR 17.50 crore to bring Cameron Green to the home of the five-time IPL champions.