IPL 2019: RCB retains 13 players; releases few big guns

The Virat Kohli-led franchise traded in Australian Stoinis for ₹6.2 crore from the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), while giving away batsman Mandeep Singh for ₹1.4 crore.

Besides Virat Kohli, the franchise retained 13 others, including former Protea captain A.B. de Villiers and New Zealand quick Tim Southee.   -  R.V. Moorthy

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday released big guns, in former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, all-rounders Corey Anderson and Chris Woakes, while welcoming another all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction next month.

The Virat Kohli-led franchise traded in Australian Stoinis for ₹6.2 crore from the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), while giving away batsman Mandeep Singh for ₹1.4 crore. RCB also traded out South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock to the Mumbai Indians (MI) for ₹2.8 crore.

Besides the skipper, the franchise retained 13 others, including former Protea captain A.B. de Villiers and New Zealand quick Tim Southee.

The other retained players in the RCB squad are: Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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Commenting on the retained squad, RCB Chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said: “For the next IPL season, we have a three-pronged player selection strategy. The first vector is to have a very strong combination of the core team who can consistently deliver great performance on-field.”

“Secondly, we want to invest in more Indian talent including more local all-rounders. Lastly, we want to invest in the future and hence, will actively scout for Under-19 talent, who we can nurture and provide a strong platform like RCB to grow,” he added.

Meanwhile, besides the trio of McCullum, Anderson and Woakes, young Indian batsman Sarfraz Khan was also released from the squad.

Retained list of RCB: Virat Kohli, A.B. de Villiers, Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

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