New Delhi. All-rounder Hardik Pandya is likely to be sent back to the IPL auction (IPL 2022) pool by Mumbai Indians. The 5-time champion team has made a list of players whom it will retain in the 2022 season. After the arrival of Lucknow and Ahmedabad, 10 teams will land in the next season of IPL. Mega auction is to be held in December this year. In this, there is less chance of Mumbai Indians retaining Hardik. He has been playing as a specialist batsman for some time now.
A senior IPL official related to the retention of players told news agency PTI, ‘I think BCCI will have a right to match formula. If there is no RTM then 4 players can be allowed to retain. Rohit Sharma and India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will be the first choice of Mumbai. He told, ‘Kieron Pollard will be the third choice of the team. The strength of this team is consistency in performance, in which all three are their pillars. Mumbai’s team could not reach the playoffs in IPL 2021.
Suryakumar and Ishaan in race for fourth player
“The chances of Hardik being retained in the team are less than 10 per cent in the current circumstances. 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 4 players are retained or there is one RTM, then Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan will be big contenders for that place. This decision regarding Hardik is completely based on cricket, because he is no longer an all-rounder like before.
Rishabh Pant will continue as the captain of Delhi
Earlier, Hardik used to bowl fast at 130 kmph, but after his return from injury, he is not doing so. Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer can leave Delhi Capitals for the role of captaincy. If sources close to the cricketer are to be believed, he is keen on the role of leading the team and it is unlikely that Delhi Capitals will hand him over the captaincy again. The team under the leadership of Rishabh Pant had secured a place in the playoffs of IPL this year. New franchise teams may get a chance to pick three cricketers each from the players’ pool before the auction.
Opportunity for new teams
To give a level playing field to all the teams, the BCCI is considering giving two new franchises a chance to pick three players each from the available pool before the auction. He said, ‘The logic behind this is that new teams should be given a chance to prepare the core. 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 older teams will have the option of retain. In such a situation, new teams can get this opportunity.