BCCI have reportedly given teams the January 20 deadline to submit the list of players to remember and publish, as the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction is set to be held on February 11 at a location not yet decided. .
The franchise will now be in work mode as IPL 2021 approaches, as it will want the best players to win the coveted cup.
As the 2021 IPL auction approaches, which players are likely to be released and which players could be retained, an explanation for all of these factors. The team here is Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab IPL 2020 team
KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh.
Players to remember
The obvious choices to remember at the Kings XI Punjab camp would be KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh.
Skipper KL Rahul was in great shape during the 13th edition with his Karnataka teammate Mayank Agarwal. Both were among the top running scorers in the IPL 2020.
As for Shami, he was one of the best stimulators in IPL 2020. Plus, he’s an experienced cricketer and the perfect candidate to lead a bowling attack. He had spinner Ravi Bishnoi who had just graduated from the U19 World Cup squad and was one of the bright youngsters in the IPL.
Other players who could also be selected would be Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, J Suchith, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Darshan Nalkande.
Players who could be released
When it comes to players to release, Glenn Maxwell could top the list as he was the biggest flop in the 2020 IPL. The Aussie struggled and only managed 108 runs on 106 balls. The great batsman failed to hit even a six.
The other person who could be shown the door would be Sheldon Cottrell. The Master of Salvation only managed to take six wickets in six matches. The team management had spent Rs 8.5 crore on him, but the Jamaican turned out to be a big upheaval.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman who had been on the bench for 12 of the 14 games could also be released. In the 2 games he played, the Afghan spinner conceded 83 points without picking up a single wicket.
Other players who will see the exit door will also be Sarfaraz Khan, Karun Nair, Ishan Porel, Hardus Viljoen, Prabhsimran Sing.