Mumbai buy de Kock, release Mustafizur
Ahead of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held next year, teams have started the ‘retention and release’ process. While Mumbai Indians roped in wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, they decided to release Mustafizur Rahman and Akila Dananjaya.
Three-time IPC champions Mumbai Indians bought de Kock to an all-money deal, with paying full INR 2.8 crores (USD 437, 000) that Royal Challengers Bangalore had expensed to pick him at the 2018 auction.
Though Mumbai have two wicketkeepers – Ishan Kishan and Aditya Tare in their ranks, still they recruited de Kock probably due to their fondness for a hard-hitting top-order batsman. They also tried Evin Lewis for a similar role last season, but the Windies batsmen fell short to fulfill their expectations.
With his move to Mumbai from Bangalore, de Kock became first trade ahead of the auction for the 12th season that will take place in mid-December.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians had bought Bangladesh pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman from Sunrisers Hyderabad at INR 2.2 crores, but could not make the best use of him in the 11th season of IPL. Maybe that led to their decision to release the cutter master, who has overall 24 wickets from his 24-match IPL career.
Mumbai also decided keep no further involvement with Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya (INR 50 lakh).
The last date of retention and release for IPL 2019 has been reported to be November 15 with each franchise to be given a purse of INR 3 crores which will add onto their leftover balance from 2018 auction. The date of IPL auction is yet to be officially announced, though the franchises were told it was supposed to happen between December 15 and 20.