PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders), Jaydev Unadkat (Rajasthan Royals) and Varun Chakravarthy (Kings XI Punjab), the three-most expensive buys at the last two IPL auctions, have been released by their respective franchises. Also back on the auction block is South Africa allrounder Chris Morris, who had been retained by Delhi Capitals before the 2018 auction but was released as the IPL trading window closed on Friday evening. Kolkata Knight Riders have released long-serving batsman Robin Uthappa ahead of the IPL 2020 auction. Uthappa, who won the Orange Cap in the team's title-winning season of 2014 will go back into the auction pool along with Chris Lynn, the team's current top earner (INR 9.6 crore). Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, have released as many as 12 players including mid-season replacement Dale Steyn, a move that has left them with just two foreign players in the squad - AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali.
With a kitty of INR 42.70 crore which Kings Xl Punjab accumulated by shedding expensive buys from the last auction. This included Chakravarthy, the Tamil Nadu mystery spinner, who was the joint-most expensive pick along with Unadkat, at INR 8.4 cr, in the 2019 auction. Chakravarthy, who played just one game last IPL, was sidelined with an injury for the majority of this year, making it an easy decision for Kings XI to let him go. This franchise also released Aussie bowler Andre Tye, who recently picked an injury. Tye, one of the best death bowlers a few years ago, had struggled last IPL and had been bought by Kings XI. The other expensive buys offloaded by Kings XI included England allrounder, Sam Curran. Another significant release by Kings XI was South Africa batsman David Miller, who had spent eight seasons at the franchise since 2012.
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