Kings XI Punjab have dropped Australian super all-rounder Glenn Maxwell after last season’s big flop. Punjab had dropped Maxi in the new season. But West Indies legend Chris Gayle will continue to play in Punjab. Punjab have decided to retain KL Rahul as captain next season as well. Punjab finished sixth in the points table last season in the UAE. They were humbled by their poor performance in the first half of the season.
In addition to Maxwell, West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell was also left out. Punjab retained 16 players after dropping nine. Punjab also dismissed Karun Nair, a Malayalee batsman from another country. There is Rs 53.2 crore left in Punjab’s purse to spend on the upcoming auction.
Former India spinner Anil Kumble will continue as the head coach of Punjab next season. This is the first time in the last five years that Punjab has retained a coach in the IPL.
Punjab have decided to give another chance to Prabh Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishant Porel and Darshan Nalkande, who are doing well in domestic cricket. Coach Kumble said the plan was to retain the team’s core group and retain all those who played last season. He hopes that those who are with him now and those who are coming up for auction will be able to perform better in the new season.
KL Rahul (capt), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh, M Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Deepak Hoodan, .
Excluded: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, K Gautam, Mujibur Rahman, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljion, Karun Nair, M Sujith, Tajinder Singh Dillon.