Team India opener KL Rahul is all set to bid goodbye to his current Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab Kings as he is reportedly being offered Rs 20 crore to join the new team from Lucknow. The RP-Sanjiv Goenka (RPSG) Group had earlier this year bought the Lucknow franchise of IPL for Rs 7,000 crore. Rahul will be one of the top Indian players to be released by their respective franchises and will be set to start a bidding war in the mega auction in January 2022. The existing eight teams have been allowed a maximum of four retentions, two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow. Three players each can choose from a pool of non-retained players. Rahul is reportedly in talks with the Lucknow franchise and is unlikely to go into the auction pool. ( team luknow new captain )
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Virat is the most expensive player before Rahul
According to a report, the Lucknow franchise has offered a staggering salary to the T20 vice-captain of Team India. According to InsideSport.in website, Rahul has been offered over Rs 20 crore by RPSG Group. If this is true then Karnataka opener Rahul will become the most expensive player in the history of IPL. Virat Kohli, who stepped down as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore after the conclusion of IPL 2021, has the highest salary ever. Rs 17 crore is reportedly being paid from the 2018 to 2021 season.
Franchise may give more salary to retained players ( team luknow new captain )
If Rahul decides to stay in PBKS, he is free to negotiate a salary over and above the prescribed slab of Rs 16 crore for the first-choice retained player as the BCCI has stated in the rules that the franchise retained players. may pay more. And the same amount is confiscated from their total purse. But Rahul is unlikely to continue with Preity Zinta’s co-owner Punjab Kings after he failed to propel the team to its maiden title in his two seasons as captain. Rahul had a great campaign with the bat as he scored 626 runs in 13 matches this season and was the third highest run-scorer in IPL 2021. Rahul has played 94 matches in IPL so far and has 3,273 runs to his name at an average of over 41. He is likely to lead the Lucknow franchise if he decides to join the team before IPL 2022. ( team luknow new captain )