3 Players SRH might release ahead of IPL 2020 Auction
These players got very few chances in the previous edition of the T20 tournament.
Updated - Nov 10, 2019 6:07 pm
The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the 2016 champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL), didn’t have the greatest of seasons in the extravaganza last time around. The team somehow managed to qualify for the playoffs, having won only six out of their 14 encounters.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) were tied with SRH on points, but the latter went through on a superior NRR. However, they got knocked out after the Eliminator in Visakhapatnam. Their batting was top-heavy and was found wanting, resulting in collapses.
Even their bowlers went under the swords plenty of times. The auction for the next edition will take place in Kolkata on December 19 and SRH will be busy, chalking out plans. The team also needs to think about the player retention and releases as well.
In the article, let’s take a look at three players SRH can release before the IPL 2020 Auction
Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan was roped in by SRH in 2018 at a price of INR 2 crore. It wasn’t a surprise as the Jessore-born is amongst the best all-rounders in all forms of the sport. The southpaw was an integral member last year where the Orange Army were the runners-up.
But in the previous season, Shakib got to play only three games as the franchise had quite a few quality overseas cricketers in the ranks. David Warner, Rashid Khan and Jonny Bairstow were certainties in the lineup. Mohammad Nabi chipped in with the ball and hence, Shakib hardly broke into the eleven.
The Bangladesh veteran won’t be playing next season as he is serving a ban from the ICC that will only end in October, 2020. Therefore, the Sunrisers can release him and try to find someone as good as Shakib if not better.