Whereas Delhi Capitals’ (DC) coach Ricky Ponting acknowledged that his crew would hold most of his younger squad the identical for subsequent yr’s Indian Premier League (IPL), the destiny of quick bowler Trent Boult who they traded off to Mumbai Indians (MI) and turned out to be a wrecker-in-chief towards DC all through this season, is sealed with MI, until a serious public sale takes place subsequent season.
Boult has, for some cause, by no means been a precedence for the Ponting-led DC crew administration that took over forward of the 2019 season. New Zealander Boult was Delhi franchise’s high wicket-taker with 18 wickets in 2018, and was amongst high 5 for the season. However he received to play solely 5 matches in 2019. Forward of this season, Boult was traded off to Mumbai and he got here again to chunk his outdated facet, Delhi.
The left-arm seamer, who ended this season with 25 wickets, picked 16 wickets within the powerplay this season, probably the most by any bowler and of those seven got here towards DC. Total, he took eight wickets towards DC. His early wickets had been the rationale why MI gained all their 4 video games towards DC.
As of now, Boult’s contract implies that he stays a MI property because the trade-off shouldn’t be time-bound and is a correct contract.
Whereas there have been stories of a serious public sale and of chance of a brand new franchise being added for subsequent yr’s IPL, IANS has learnt that there are possibilities the key public sale could possibly be postpone for the 2022 season as there’s little or no time left between now and the following IPL that’s prone to be held throughout the common April-Might interval within the UAE.
Nonetheless, there was no official assertion on this.
An enormous public sale will make sure that all of the gamers in a crew, besides three retentions and two right-to-match (RTM) card gamers, can be offloaded out there whereas a smaller public sale, which appears seemingly as of now, will give the settled groups the suitable to maintain their core and likewise permit weaker groups to rebuild from an obtainable pool.
Groups similar to Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders spent greater than others to herald gamers for the 2020 season whereas MI spent loads lower than these and purchased Boult in a pre-season trade-off.
DC, who’ve already shaped a robust crew, will in all probability be caught in two minds. Whereas on the one hand, they might wish to convey again Boult, attainable solely by means of a serious public sale, and on the opposite, with so many heroes this season and Ponting wanting to maintain the facet identical, they’d choose a small public sale.