While the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season just ended a month ago, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already begun planning for the following season. The 2022 edition, in particular, is notable since the event is undergoing considerable changes. While ten teams will be on show instead of eight, there will be a massive auction, which could result in several teams being revamped.

All eight existing franchises will be able to keep up to four players from their IPL 2021 squads during the bidding event. There can be a maximum of three Indian players and a maximum of two foreign players in this group. Prior to the auction, the two new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – would be able to select a maximum of three players from the pool of non-retained players.

With the IPL 2022 season less than five months away, all franchises will be hard at work putting together a formidable team. Meanwhile, ahead of the bidding event, veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has hinted that neither he nor Shreyas Iyer will be retained by the Delhi Capitals. The important allegation was made by the 35-year-old when examining IPL’s blockbuster auction retention standpoint.

“I believe Shreyas isn’t present. I’m not present. As a result, someone else would have to show up. If I had been kidnapped, I would have known,” he remarked on his YouTube page. For the uninitiated, Ashwin, one of the best spinners in the history of the tournament, joins the Capitals in the 2020 season. He was transferred to Kings XI Punjab for left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith (now Punjab Kings).

While the off-spinner bowled several outstanding stents for DC, many fans and commentators criticised him for his inability to take consistent wickets. Ashwin took up 20 wickets in 28 innings for DC and had an economy rate of 7.55. Iyer, a right-handed batsman, has been an important component of the Delhi-based club since his IPL debut in 2015.