Tuesday, November 30, 2021

IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya unlikely to be retained by Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Kieron Pollard set to be in MI – Latest Cricket News

Team India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is likely to be sent back to the IPL auction pool by Mumbai Indians as the five-time champions have more or less made the list of players they will retain in the 2022 season. The upcoming season of IPL will have 10 teams after RP-SG and CVC bought the Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchises. It will have a big auction in December this year, in which a lot of teams will restructure their core team looking into the future.

Hardik may be out of the core players of Mumbai’s most successful team of 14 seasons of IPL. He has been playing as a specialist batsman for some time now. A senior IPL official associated with the retention of players said, “I think BCCI will have a right to match formula (RTM means the right to add a player to the team for an amount equal to the bid of the other team). If there is no RTM then four players can be allowed to retain. Rohit Sharma and India pacer Jasprit Bumrah will be his first choices.

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He told, ‘Kieron Pollard will be the third choice of the team. The strength of this team is consistency in performance, with all three being their pillars. In the current circumstances, the chances of Hardik being retained in the team are less than 10 per cent. Yes, he can do better than everyone else in the next few matches of T20 World Cup but still the chances for him in the team are slim. If four players are retained or there is one RTM, then Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan will be big contenders for that place. Hardik used to bowl fast at 130 kmph earlier but after his return from injury, he is not doing so.

Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer may leave Delhi Capitals for the captaincy role. If sources close to the cricketer are to be believed, he is keen on the role of leading the team and there is little chance that Delhi Capitals will hand him over the captaincy again. The team had secured a place in the IPL play-offs this year under the leadership of Rishabh Pant. New franchise teams may get a chance to pick three cricketers each from the players’ pool before the auction.

Retention rules of IPL 2022 come to the fore, two new teams will also be able to take advantage

To give a level playing field to all the teams, the BCCI is looking at giving two new franchises (Lucknow and Ahmedabad) a chance to pick three players each from the available pool ahead of the auction. “The logic behind this is to give the new teams a chance to form the core,” he said. Obviously, the modalities need to be worked out, including the player fees as well as whether that particular player wants to be picked up ahead of the auction. Most of the old teams will have the option of retaining, so the new teams can get this opportunity.

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