The IPL governing council will meet in Mumbai on February 3 to finalise the auction date, ahead of the 2015 edition of the league. The meeting, which will be held after the marketing committee meet at the BCCI headquarters, will be the first official BCCI sub-committee conclave after the Supreme Court's order pulling up the BCCI on various fronts.
It is understood that the auction will have to postponed to the second half of February. Till last week, the franchises were informally told that the auction will be held between February 6 and 9, in Bangalore. However, with the court order set to have severe ramifications on the IPL and the BCCI, the auction cannot be held as per the initial plan.
It is highly possible now that the auction will be held during the World Cup, something that the IPL authorities were trying their best to avoid.
Meanwhile, a day after N Srinivasan - whose tenure as BCCI president seems to be all but over with the court ruling - returned to Chennai after a pilgrimage, he met with the BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel in Chennai. A Patel aide tried to play down the visit, which was always planned ahead of Patel's departure to Dubai for Sunday's ICC chief executives' meeting.
The two, it is understood, discussed the ramifications of the court order with the BCCI and Srinivasan's legal team. It is also believed that they had a teleconference with select Srinivasan loyalists, to discuss the way forward.