IPL 2022: Reason Why Rashid Khan and KL Rahul Not Retained

Why Rashid Khan and KL Rahul Not Retained
Rashid Khan and KL Rahul

IPL 2022 Retention: The most awaited IPL 2022 players retention has been successfully staged on Tuesday(November 30).

Though fans predicted the possible retention of every franchise, the retention of SRH, PBKS, RR, and KKR gives a heartbreaking moment for the IPL fans.

IPL teams retained the players on the basis of the IPL 2022 retention rules, where the team is allowed to retain a maximum of 4 players.

Releasing KL Rahul and Rashid Khan from their respective franchises is one of the most shocking events of the IPL 2022 players’ retention. The two players have been an X- factor for their respective franchise in the past IPL seasons.

Why Rashid Khan Not Retained?

As previously reported, the SRH team, which had first bought Rashid in 2017 auction for Rs 4 crore and then used the Right To Match (RTM) card in the 2018 mega auction, wanted to keep the spinner as their No 2 retention. It would have meant that Rashid would be entitled to a fee of Rs 11 crore, which is Rs 2 crore more than his current salary.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan

After initially refusing to be the second retention, Rashid apparently relented but later reneged. SRH says they still have a good equation with the player but not as much with a London-based agent who was playing hardball with the franchise.

The franchise might not have heard back from Rashid after that but they still hope to buy him in the auction – that is, if one of the two new teams, Ahmedabad and Lucknow, don’t rope him in first.

As per IPL rules, 2 new IPL teams are allowed to pick a maximum of 3 players in prior to the IPL Mega Auction 2022.

Why PBKS Released KL Rahul

PBKS, in turn, failed to hold on to KL Rahul, whom they had appointed captain keeping long-term goals in mind. The franchise co-owner Ness Wadia did not hide his disappointment.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul

“He was our captain, we tried our best (to retain Rahul). We wanted him to stay but he wanted to go into the auction. He had different plans,” Wadia told Cricbuzz on Tuesday night (November 30). Rahul is understood to be headed for Lucknow.

“We have retained Mayank and Arshdeep who were part of our strategy. In terms of bowling, we are confident Arshdeep will represent India soon. It is too early to say if Mayank will be captain but he is a talented and committed player.

“Our first step was the retention and we will decide what is best for the franchise in terms of captaincy,” Wadia said adding, “Punjab Kings have not done as well as it should have done. We have plans for the next season to ensure better performance. Whatever we need to do we will do to improve and we are looking forward to having a right balance for the side.”

The IPL 2022 Mega Auction is expected to host in India during January 2022. With 10 teams participating in the IPL mega auction, the event will be as interesting as never before.

IPL 2022 Purse Value – All Teams

Following are the details of the purse value of the existing 8 IPL teams along with their retained players count.

Team Purse Reaming
Players Retained
Punjab Kings 72 CR 2
Sunrisers Hyderabad 68 CR 3
Rajasthan Royals 62 CR 3
Royal Challengers Bangalore 57 CR 3
Chennai Super Kings 48 CR 4
Kolkata Knight Riders 48 CR 4
Mumbai Indians 48 CR 4
Delhi Capitals 47.5 CR 4