The South Africa pace great on Wednesday apologised for his criticism of the Indian Premier League.
"Ahmedabad, in all likelihood, will host the play-off and final," said a senior BCCI official.
The 38-year-old Pathan was part of the inaugural T20 World Cup-winning side in 2007 and also the one that triumphed in the 2011 ODI World Cup at home.
South African all-rounder Chris Morris fetched a whopping Rs 16.25 crore to become the biggest ever buy in IPL history.
"I don't want my body to fail me, or be a bit bruised mentally or physically going into the end of the year which includes the (Twenty20) World Cup, Ashes and a big series against India," said the England pacer.
Punjab Kings had the maximum available salary cap of Rs 53.20 crore prior to the beginning of the auction.
Kiwi all-rounder Kyle Jamieson went to RCB for Rs 15 crore, while Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell too was picked up by the Virat Kohli-led franchise for Rs 14. 25 crore.
The big-hitting Tamil Nadu player was bought for Rs 5.25 crore by Punjab Kings in the IPL auction.
With 61 slots across eight franchises up for grabs, Royal Challengers Bangalore has the maximum, 11 vacancies, to fill with a purse of Rs 35.4 crore.
A total of 292 cricketers are set to go under the hammer on Thursday.