Virat Kohli is set to continue with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.© IPL
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is all set to retain former captain Virat Kohli and Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell ahead of the mega auction next year, sources familiar with the developments told NDTV. All eight current teams have until November 30 to announce the list of players they will retain. These teams will be allowed to retain a maximum of 4 players. Two of the retained names could be of foreign players.
According to a report in ESPN Cricinfo, teams are likely to get a purse of Rs 90 crore in the upcoming IPL auction.
The report further states that the two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad, may pick up to three players before the auction after the retention is over. There will be a combination of two Indian and one foreign player for these two teams.
Virat Kohli had decided to step down from the captaincy of the franchise after the end of IPL 2021. RCB will also be without South African batsman AB de Villiers from next season, as he announced his retirement from all cricket a few days back.
Kohli has been the highest run-scorer in the history of the franchise and the IPL and is expected to play a bigger role in the future as well, but not as a captain. Glenn Maxwell was the star performer for RCB in IPL 2021 as he finished 5th on the run-scoring chart for the season with 513 runs. His ability to bowl effective off-spin and his power-fielding ability means that RCB value him and don’t want to risk picking him up again in the auction.
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