Delhi Capitals to Release 5 of Its Players Ahead of IPL Auctions
The BCCI is planning to conduct regular IPL auctions after the end of the T20 World Cup. The board has given franchises time to reflect, rethink and release as well as trade players before the auction. As per the recent reports, the Delhi Capitals franchise is planning to release 5 of its players back into the auction pool. The franchise will then have that amount added to their purse for the IPL auctions.
Shardul Thakur, KS Bharat, Tim Seifert, Mandeep Singh and Ashwin Hebber are 5 players that could be released by Delhi Capitals. After Chennai Super Kings left Shardul Thakur, he was taken by Delhi Capitals in the mega auctions for Rs 10.75 crore. The all-rounder had an average season under the leadership of Rishabh Pant and wasn’t able to create much impact. Although Delhi Capitals sought to transfer him to another franchise, the transaction fell through. He has a hefty price tag, therefore the franchise plans to unleash him before the small auction in December.
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Delhi Capitals to not continue with Shardul Thakur
“Shardul is a premium all-rounder but his price tag was an issue. The others who are set to be released are Hebbar, Mandeep, Seifert and Bharat,” said the source. Thakur has found it difficult to find a place in the team. He was one of the reserves in the T20 World Cup after Deepak Chahar was injured.
Delhi Capitals had a good auction last year but the team failed to execute the plans. There were questions about Rishabh Pant’s captaincy as well as his form. The franchise finished in 5th position with 14 points. Apart from Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings might also release a few of its players. They’ve named Shikhar Dhawan as their new captain.
Interestingly, IPL chairman Arun Dhumal has given a statement on the future of the competition. By introducing 2 additional clubs to the league, the BCCI made over Rs 12,000 crore, but the IPL head claimed it is highly improbable that the total will increase beyond 10. This year had a total of 74 games played, and the upcoming cycle might see 94 games played with the same clubs. “The IPL will be much bigger than what it is and will be the number one sports league in the world,” he said.