Before the 2022 auction, the eight existing IPL franchises will be permitted to keep a maximum of four players, while the two new franchises will be able to acquire three players from the rest of the player pool. While there is no set date for the auction, the prize pool is expected to be about Rs 90 crore (US$12 million), which is slightly higher than the Rs 85 crore offered in the 2021 auction. These were some of the guidelines that the IPL and the franchisees discussed informally this week. When selecting their four players to keep, teams can choose between three Indians and one abroad player, or two Indians and two overseas players. The three Indians kept by franchises can be capped, uncapped, or a combination of the two.

There will also be no right-to-match cards (RTM) at the sale, unlike the previous huge auction ahead of the 2018 season. The IPL has stipulated a combination of two Indian players and one overseas player for the three players moving to the two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad. What is unknown at this time is whether these players must be chosen solely from the group of players not retained by existing teams, or whether they can be chosen from a bigger auction pool – which will include new arrivals – ahead of the 2022 auction.

A player-draft system is likely to be implemented if the two new franchises are only allowed to pick from the group of players not retained by the other eight. After two new teams – Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions – replaced Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two seasons while they served suspensions in the aftermath of the 2013 spot-fixing scam, the IPL held a player drought ahead of the 2016 season. Supergiants received the first pick – Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni – at the time since they had paid the highest bid at the auction for the two new franchises.