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Kane Williamson retained by IPL side, while Black Caps’ team-mates enter auction


Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson will be back for another season with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

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Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson will be back for another season with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

Kane Williamson is the lone Black Cap to be retained by his Indian Premier League side with million dollar man Kyle Jamieson entering the mega auction.

The eight existing IPL franchises retained 27 players ahead of the 2022 season with Williamson’s Sunrisers Hyderabad keeping him for 14 crore rupees (NZ $2,729,186).

Williamson, who has been with Sunrisers Hyderabad since 2015, was retained along with Indian duo Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.

Batting standout Williamson scored 266 runs at 44.33 with a strike rate of 113 and two half-centuries for the Sunrisers in this year’s competition.

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Williamson’s Sunrisers finished bottom in the eight-competition this past season, winning just three of their 14 games. He took over the captaincy from Australian opener David Warner after six games, who was dropped and stripped of his captaincy after a poor run with the bat.

Pace bowler Jamieson wasn’t among the three players retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore after fetching a whopping $2.86 million (15 crore rupees) in February’s auction – the most by a New Zealander and fourth highest in the IPL’s 14-year history.

Black Cap Kyle Jamieson celebrates a wicket for Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

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Black Cap Kyle Jamieson celebrates a wicket for Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

The eight existing franchises were each eligible to retain up to four players for the 2022 season, with a maximum of three Indians, two overseas players and two uncapped Indians.

The two expansion teams – to be based in Lucknow and Ahmedabad – will be able to then buy up to three players each from the pool of unretained players. The remainder will go back into the auction with the purse for each team set at 90 crore (NZ $940,410,000) an increase from the IPL 2021 auction purse of 85 crore ($887,850,500).

Jamieson’s Royal Challengers Bangalore opted to go with Australian Glenn Maxwell, Indian captain Virat Kohli, and Mohammed Siraj.

Jamieson and the rest of the Kiwi IPL contingent, which this past season included Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, and Adam Milne, will re-enter the pool of available players for the mega-auction, which is expected to be held either in December or early in the new year.

The 2022 IPL season is set to commence in April.



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