New Delhi. With the retention deadline for the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) approaching, franchises have started finalizing the list of players they would like to retain ahead of the mega auction. want. While each franchise is allowed to retain a maximum of 4 players. In such a situation, according to media reports, Rajasthan Royals have decided to retain Sanju Samson as their first player. The names of the players for the remaining places are still being discussed, a decision is yet to be taken.
According to a report in ESPN Cricinfo, Rajasthan Royals have retained their captain Sanju Samson at a price of Rs 14 crore before the new season. However, Samson was technically retained for Rs 16 crore as the first retention of the franchise. The management is said to have agreed to a deal worth Rs 14 crore with him. Still, if Rajasthan Royals retain 4 players and go to the auction, they will still have the maximum purse balance of Rs 48 crores. It should also be noted that when Samson was last signed by the Royals in 2018, he came in at a price of Rs 8 crore.
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As far as the other three vacancies to be retained for Rajasthan Royals are concerned, the names of Liam Livingstone, Jofra Archer, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler are being discussed. The surprising thing here is that all-rounder Ben Stokes is not even a part of the discussion.
Although Jofra Archer is one of the most sought after bowlers in world cricket, his fitness and long break from cricket has put the Rajasthan management in some doubt. Due to an elbow injury, this England fast bowler not only missed the entire IPL 2021 but also the T20 World Cup 2021. Jofra Archer will also not play in the Ashes series. Jos Buttler’s form in the T20 World Cup seems to have convinced the Rajasthan Royals management to retain him, and he is expected to be their second choice. When it comes to Stokes, it is only from a financial standpoint that franchise owners are finding it difficult to retain him over other overseas options.
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Liam Livingstone, who has also shown a great game for England in the T20 World Cup 2021, can be retained if Jofra decides to let Archer go. At the same time, Yashasvi Jaiswal is the only Indian cricketer, whose name is being discussed. Since he is an uncapped player, the franchise is expected to spend only Rs 4 crore on him.