IPL 2023: After the end of the T20 World Cup, preparations for the Indian Premier League (IPL) have started in Indian cricket. A mini auction will be held in Kochi on December 23 for the 15th season to be held next year i.e. in 2023. For this, the governing body of the IPL has given time till November 15 to the franchisees to make any changes (retention or release) in the team, which ends today. Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have suffered a major setback.
Two-time champion KKR’s expensive fast bowler Pat Cummins has decided to pull out of next year’s IPL. The Australian fast bowler informed about his decision by tweeting from his official Twitter account. Cummins in his post has talked about international cricket and commitment to play for the country behind his withdrawal from the IPL.
focus on international cricket
In his tweet to Cummins, he said that I have made a difficult decision to withdraw from the IPL next year. He said that the international schedule is going to be very busy with the next 12 months ODI and Test series, so I want to give myself rest before the Ashes series and the ODI World Cup. Cummins also expressed his gratitude to KKR in his post and also expressed hope of returning soon.
Pat Cummins has been a part of KKR for 3 years
Significantly, Cummins is the captain of both the Test and ODI teams of Australia. After the retirement of Aaron Finch, he has also recently been given the command of the ODI team. Cummins was roped in by KKR in this year’s mega auction by spending a hefty amount of Rs 7.25 crore. After this Cummins played 5 matches and took 7 wickets. Apart from this, he also scored a half-century with the bat. He also equaled KL Rahul’s record for the fastest fifty of the league in just 14 balls against Mumbai Indians.
KKR looted 15.50 crores in 2020
Cummins was also a part of KKR in 2020 and 2021 and was the most expensive bowler of the team at that time. He was bought by KKR in 2020 for a whopping amount of 15.50 crores but before the mega auction this year, the franchise decided to release him and then reunite with them for less money.
KKR has traded 3 players
Let us inform that before Cummins, KKR wicket-keeper batsman and England cricketer Sam Billings has also decided to stay out of next year’s IPL, talking about focusing on Test cricket. However, KKR has also tried to compensate these players by trading three players in the meantime. Kolkata’s team has added all-rounder Shardul Thakur from Delhi Capitals and fast bowler Lockie Ferguson from Gujarat Titans and wicket-keeper batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz while trading.