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IPL Retention: Aakash Chopra Wants This Player to be Named Punjab Kings Skipper if KL Rahul Departs

Punjab Kings Unlikely to Retain Any Player Ahead of Mega Auction

Punjab Kings Unlikely to Retain Any Player Ahead of Mega Auction

According to various reports KL Rahul would not remain with Punjab Kings and the Mohali-based franchise are likely to release all their players.

All the Indian Premier League franchises are to submit their retention list on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. Each team can retain up to four players, and if they do that, a sum of INR 42 crore would be deducted from their overall purse of INR 90 crore. Similarly, for three retentions, INR 33 crore would be deducted. For two retention, the kitty would reduce by INR 24 crore and INR 14 crore for one.

Ahead of the submission of the final list, several reports have emerged that Punjab Kings are likely to lose their skipper KL Rahul and they are likely to release all their players ahead of the mega auction.

Amidst these reports, former India cricketer Aakash Chopra has opined that Punjab Kings, which according to him, is the most under-performing franchise of the IPL, should try and hold on to Mayank Agarwal, one of their star performers ever since the franchise roped in the batter. The 44-year-old also believes that the Karnataka batter should be named their captain.

“It (Punjab Kings) is the most underperforming team of the tournament. They have qualified the least number of times and have not done so for the last so many years. They have never won the final."

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“If you believe reports, KL Rahul is parting ways. So if he goes, Mayank Agarwal has to be my first choice and he should be made the captain," said Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.

The former India opener also said that the Mohali-based franchise should retain Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram, with Chopra rooting for the latter due to “his growth trajectory".

“I will think about one out of Markram and Nicholas Pooran. Markram will be in my thoughts because his growth trajectory is going up. Nicholas Pooran has disappointed a little. I will not retain either of them. Chris Gayle – no, not to be needed," said Chopra.

When talking about Indian talents that PBKS could retain, Aakash Chopra feels that ace India pacer Mohammad Shami could be kept or repurchased at a lower price at the auction.

Sharukh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh are the options that Punjab Kings should consider when it comes to Indian uncapped players. 

“You should think about Mohammed Shami because you will get very few Indian fast bowlers. But think about it, whether you will get him for 10-12 crores or cheaper from the marketplace."

Going towards uncapped Indians: Shahrukh Khan will be my hot pick. You might want to give him more money and retain him in the four crore bracket. Ravi Bishnoi – I will definitely think about him. Can he or Arshdeep be retained," concluded Chopra.

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first published:November 30, 2021, 16:17 IST