The retentions before IPL 2022 mega-auctions had a cloud of the player refusal choice. While some players leave the franchise due to personal ambition, others make the decision due to financial topics. It is absolutely fine for players to look for bigger pay, and all franchises have respected that. In this article, we take a look at five players who might have not been retained due to financial agreement issues before IPL 2022 Auctions.
1) Rashid Khan – Sunrisers Hyderabad
Rashid Khan has been an absolute superstar for Sunrisers Hyderabad in recent years. He has been playing IPL since 2017 but is already the second-highest wicket-taker for the franchise.
While he wanted to be the team’s first retention, SRH wanted it to be given to Kane Williamson. Hence, they could not strike an agreement and Rashid had to leave. SRH CEO confirmed that they would try to match the price for the Afghan at the auctions.
2) Yuzvendra Chahal – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Yuzvendra Chahal is the best domestic leg-spinner at the moment. However, with RCB deciding on Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell as the first two retentions, it would have been hard for them to convince Yuzi to play at a lesser price.
With two new teams coming in, Yuzi would definitely earn high at the auctions. As per reports, both parties failed to arrive at an agreement. Hence, RCB had to release their highest wicket-taker to the auctions.
3) Ravi Bishnoi – Punjab Kings
Ravi Bishnoi was not used well by Punjab Kings in the last two seasons. The youngster did well whenever he got an opportunity but was also dropped without a reason on many occasions. While this could have been the main reason for Bishnoi’s exit, financial factors could have also been at play.
One of the best leggies in India, he would surely garner a bid more than INR 4 Cr at the auctions. In fact, he could get at least 50% higher than the amount. This might have made Ravi arrive at the decision, although Punjab might have tried to convince him.
4) Shahrukh Khan – Punjab Kings
Shahrukh Khan is one of the players who might have not been retained due to financial agreement issues before IPL 2022 Auctions. Punjab Kings retained Mayank Agarwal and uncapped player Arshdeep Singh. Although they had the option to retain another uncapped cricketer at INR 4 Cr, they did not do it.
Especially after Shahrukh Khan performed exceedingly well in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, his stocks rose considerably. Hence, earning a bid of more than INR 4 Cr is possible for the Tamil Nadu cricketer. Punjab Kings might have attempted to retain him, but he could have gone ahead with the decision to enter the auctions.
5) Harshal Patel – Royal Challengers Bangalore
It has been a splendid year for Harshal Patel so far. While he won the Purple Cap in IPL 2021, he also made his India debut recently. He won the Man of the Match award on his debut and showed his skills both with the bat and the ball.
A death bowler with power-hitting skills, especially for a domestic cricketer, is an attractive combination in IPL. Surely, Harshal would earn more than the amount that RCB could have afforded for the Haryana player. Most teams will target such players at the auction, especially those in form. Therefore, Harshal might have decided to enter the auctions and test himself in the market.