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5 Cricketers who might be released and bought back by same team for lesser price in the IPL 2020 Auction

Teams strategize for hours together, several experts come in to play and so do the permutations and combinations before picking a player.

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While it might appear to be a rather easy task, the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction is not as easy-peasy as it looks. The IPL auction is not just about the teams lifting the paddle and the auctioneer selling the player. There is a whole new range of dynamics involved in this process. Teams strategize for hours together, several experts come in to play and so do the permutations and combinations.

There are certain margins teams put for players in terms of the spending. However, there are also situations where they need to go all-out keeping the importance of that player to the squad in mind. While teams have done that in the previous auctions, some of these cricketers failed to live up to the expectations.

However, it’d be an outrageous call to leave these quality players out based on one season’s performance. Maybe, the franchises will rather look to put them back in the auction pool and get them back for a lesser price.

Here are five IPL players who might be bought back by the same team for a lesser price:

1. Carlos Brathwaite | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Carlos Brathwaite
Carlos Brathwaite. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Starting with a base price of INR 75 lakhs, Carlos Brathwaite invited quite a bidding war during the IPL 2019 auction. The West Indies all-rounder, who was a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier, didn’t fit into the plans of the side. Thus, he was back amongst the several players who were looking to find new bidders.

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) seemed to be interested in him. In fact, these were the only two teams who bid for him in the auction last year. At last, KKR got him for a hefty price of INR 5 crores.

Given that he is almost a like-for-like replacement for Andre Russell, the franchise was keenly interested in him. But he only managed to score 11 runs in 2 games and didn’t pick up any wickets. Yet, given the value that he adds to the squad, KKR will want him but at a lesser price this time.

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