IPL 2019: MI buy Quinton de Kock from RCB in an off-season deal

IPL 2019: MI buy Quinton de Kock from RCB in an off-season deal

MI has also released two players as a set off for this change.

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock of Royal Challengers Bangalore in action. (Photo by IANS)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council had opened up a trade window for the teams to deal players in the off-season ahead of the 2019 edition. The final date to release the names that they want to release and retain is fast approaching and thus the first deal was made today. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock is the first player to have been traded between teams. The former Royal Challengers Bangalore player will now feature in the Mumbai Indians side. RCB chose to make it a money deal and sold Quinton for his auction price of Rs 2.8 crore.

ESPNcricinfo reported that MI bought the South African wicketkeeper-batsman and to make up for it released two players worth the same value on the purse. Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman whom they had bought for Rs 2.2 crore along with Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya who cost them Rs 50 lakh in the IPL 2018 auction have been thus released.

It was widely speculated that the team will let these two players go as they already have a set of overseas player for the necessary roles. De Kock, on the other hand, gives Mumbai the option of an opener who can get them off to a flying start something they relied on Windies’ Evin Lewis for in the previous edition.

November 15 last date for retention and release

IPL has given the teams two opportunities to swap or let go players in the off-season window and a mid-season window as well which allows them to release uncapped players who have played less than two games. November 15 is the last date for the teams to name the players they want to retain and those they want to put back in the auction pool. Thus the teams are getting into action mode and making the decisions.

Though there is no official confirmation about the auction date for IPL 2019, the Cricinfo report stated that it is likely to be held in mid-December. At the same time, the GC will also tell the franchises details of where the upcoming season of the tournament will be hosted. IPL 2019 will have to be moved out of India with the general elections to be held around the same time.

The two likely hosts for the tournament are UAE and South Africa. BCCI is probably waiting for the election commission to announce the dates for the elections and plan their course of action based on that.

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