Kings XI Punjab have released nine players, including two of their most expensive purchases – Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell – ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League auction.
While Maxwell and Cottrell had unforgettable seasons with the franchise last year, the KL Rahul-led franchise has decided to keep 16 base players. And cricket operations manager Anil Kumble said team management are looking to fill in the gaps in the auction next month.
“We have 16 out of 25 players. So the plan is to fill those gaps in the next auction so that we are a strong team for the 2021 IPL,” Kumble said in a Kings XI Twitter manage the video.
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“The plan was to keep the core of the team and make sure that the players who were on the team last season continued this season as well. Hopefully this group, as well as those we will pick in the auction to fill in those gaps, will be able to make a difference for Kings XI Punjab. It is important for us to keep the team similar and we hope for a better performance in the coming season, ”said Kumble, former captain of the Indian team and former coach of the national team.
Despite some of the biggest names on the team, Kings XI Punjan finished in sixth place with 12 points in 14 games and this time the team is hoping to turn things around.