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IPL 2024 Set for Mid-March Kickoff: Unveiling Mega Trade Details. The IPL 2024 is expected to kick off in mid-March, departing from its customary April launch. Prompted by the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled for June 4, 2024, the adjustment in the timeline deems it necessary to commence the IPL earlier, providing players ample time for preparation ahead of both tournaments due to the proximity of these two significant events.

The early start of the IPL could present challenges for players’ workloads and team strategies. Athletes may need to carefully manage their fitness and performance to minimize fatigue and injuries during the extended cricket season. Teams might also need to adjust their training and preparation schedules to fit the earlier kickoff. Despite these possible challenges, the BCCI maintains a positive outlook on successfully handling the early start of the IPL. The board is unwavering in its commitment to protecting the players’ welfare and ensuring the overall success of the IPL and the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

The BCCI has set the deadline for Indian Premier League franchises to submit their final list of retained and released players for the IPL 2024 auction on November 26, 2023. The mini-auction will scheduled to take place in Dubai on December 19.

In the meantime, the defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings are gearing up to release three additional players to bolster their funds for the IPL 2024 auction, reaching an approximate total of INR 30 crores. Alongside the decision to release Ben Stokes (Rs 16.25 cr.), there’s also an excess amount from Ambati Rayudu (Rs 6.75 cr.), who retired from the IPL last year.

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IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans in Talks for Mega Captain Swap, Hardik Pandya’s Potential Return and Rohit Sharma’s Move Spark Excitement

In a surprising turn of events, reports are suggesting that Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans are close to finalizing a significant trade. This trade could see the comeback of Hardik Pandya to his previous franchise, with Rohit Sharma potentially moving to the 2022 IPL champions. According to sources, the two teams are in advanced talks for a direct swap of their respective captains, signalling a potentially major change in the IPL scenario.

If both teams finalize this trade, it would represent a significant win for both. Leading the Gujarat Titans to an impressive IPL title in their inaugural season, Hardik Pandya regarded as one of the most valuable all-rounders globally. His explosive batting, potent bowling, and dynamic fielding make him a prized asset for any team.

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While the trade has not been officially confirmed, it has stirred ripples in the IPL with the potential return of Pandya to Mumbai Indians and Sharma’s move to Gujarat Titans. This prospective deal could be a game-changer, reshaping the league dynamics and paving the way for an electrifying season.

Other players who did not meet expectations for their respective franchises may also face release, with rumoured names including Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Shardul Thakur. The Delhi Capitals may significantly overhaul their team, but they are keeping specific names confidential.

Top World Cup performers such as Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Travis Head, Rachin Ravindra, and Daryl Mitchell, among others, will be up for purchase, and the general expectation is that up to 50 players will find buyers in the auction.