IPL 2022 Auction: Eight India U19 players ‘Not-Eligible’ to feature in IPL Auction, requests BCCI to Reconsider


  • Eight India-U19 players not-eligible to feature in IPL-2022 auction.
  • They were not eligible for current rules of BCCI.
  • They were requests to BCCI to reconsider it.

Indian Premier League (IPL)-2022:

The IPL-2022 is a fifteenth season and it is a professional T20 Cricket league established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2007. The fifteenth edition will see the expansion of the league, with the addition of two new franchises. In August 2021, the BCCI confirmed that two new franchises would join the IPL-2022 league. The new franchises names are Ahmedabad and Lucknow franchises. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is the defending champions of last season.

Mega Auction of IPL-2022:

The mega auction for the IPL-2022 is to be held on February 12 and 13, 2022. The venue of the auction is Bengaluru. It will be a two-day event like the 2018 mega auction.

IPL-2022 Auction – U19 World Cup stars are not eligible:

Eight of the India under-19 World Cup-2022 winning squad players won’t be featuring in the upcoming IPL-2022 mega Auction. This is because they don’t fulfill the criteria set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). According to the report, if the current eligibility rules of BCCI are applied then 8 world cup squad members will not be eligible for auctions.

Eligibility criteria or rules of BCCI:

According to the rules of BCCI, an uncapped player will be eligible for IPL-2022 mega auction only if he fulfills any of the two criteria.

  • The player must have turned 19 years of age before the auctions takes place.
  • The U-19 player should have represented his state team in at least one senior-level first-class or list A match

This norm will restrict several talented youngsters from participating in the IPL-2022 mega auction. Below are the lists of eight Under-19 player who are not fulfilling the IPL auction criteria:

  • Dinesh Bana – Wicket-keeper & Batsman
  • Shaik Rasheed – India’s under-19 vice-captain and who has recently become a sensation for winning the match in final.
  • Ravi Kumar – Left-arm pacer
  • Nishant Sindhu – All-rounders
  • Siddarth Yadav – All-rounders
  • Angkrish Raghuvanshi – Opening Batsman
  • Manav Parakh and
  • Garv Sangwan

Several domestic competitions got cancelled since 2020 due to pandemic:

Although the BCCI is yet to take a call on the matter, many in the Board feel that an exception can be made as no domestic U-19 competitions was played in last two years or so.

The IPL 2022 Player Auction pool has a total of 590 players, set to go under the hammer during the two-day event in Bengaluru. Amongst the players registered for the auction are 228 capped players, 355 uncapped ones and seven from Associate Nations.

Eight India Under-19 players requests to BCCI to reconsider:

However, many have appealed to the BCCI to amend their rule in order to accommodate these eight players in the auction pool, given their recent exploits.

BCCI administrator Ratnakar Shetty said, “It’s unfortunate that these boys weren’t able to play List A tournaments as U-19 and List A games were played simultaneously. One season, there was no cricket at all due to the pandemic. I feel the BCCI should consider this as a special case and the players should not lose out because of this (stipulation). The team has done really well and they should not be deprived of the opportunity”.
If the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not amend this rule for the IPL 2022 auction, a total of eight members of Yash Dhull’s team will be ineligible to go under the hammer on IPL-2022 auction.

ICC U-19 World Cup-2022:

The India U19 team recently won the title of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup-2022 by beating England U19 team by four wickets in the final.

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