‘The franchise could have deemed that unacceptable,’ says Aakash Chopra, explaining why RCB released Chahal, adding that ‘they can purchase him back’

Jeremy Caroll

RCB will join the 2022 auction with a purse of INR 57 crore after retaining three players.Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra examined the reasons why Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) did not retain star player Yuzvendra Chahal ahead of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, but believes the franchise will repurchase the leg-spinner in the mega auction on February 12 and 13.  Chahal was RCB’s second-highest wicket-taker in the 2021 season, after only Harshal Patel’s record 32 wickets with 18 dismissals in the UAE leg. RCB, however, released both bowlers ahead to the auction despite maintaining former captain Virat Kohli, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj.

On his YouTube channel, Aakash expressed his opinion on Chahal’s departure, saying that the leg-spinner may have requested a large sum for retention, which RCB could not afford, but that they might purchase him back at the auction for INR 6-6.5 crore.

“Harshal and Yuzi want one more thing. Yuzi may have claimed that he wanted 10 crores, which you as a franchise may not have thought appropriate, and you may have bought him back at the auction.You may be able to re-sign Yuzi Chahal for 6-6.5 crores, and Harshal may also return at a lower fee. “I don’t think it’s such a bad decision,” he said.

He went on to explain that RCB made the right decision by not keeping both Chahal and Harshal, and that they now have the option of reacquiring both for INR 7-8 crore.

“That’s a great question. They would have contemplated both of them, but only if they could repurchase them for 7-8 crores. Both of them, I feel, may be repurchased for 7-8 crores “He claimed this.

RCB will join the 2022 auction with a purse of INR 57 crore after retaining three players.

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