Indian Premier League 2020: Chris Lynn and Marcus Stoinis among nine Australians let go
Chris Lynn and Marcus Stoinis headline a group of nine Australian players released by their Indian Premier League franchises on Friday night.
The eight franchises confirmed their retention lists this week, with only four Australians holding onto their contracts.
Steve Smith ($AUD2.5 million) will return to captain the Rajasthan Royals, while David Warner ($2.5m) and Billy Stanlake ($100,000) will link up at Sunrisers Hyderabad and veteran Shane Watson ($800,000) continues his IPL career with the Chennai Super Kings.
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Shane Watson has kept his IPL contract.Source: AFP
Lynn was one of 11 players released by the Kolkata Knight Riders while Stoinis and compatriot Nathan Coulter-Nile were among the 12 let go by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Andrew Tye (Kings XI Punjab), Moises Henriques (Kings XI Punjab), Matt Kelly (Kolkata Knight Riders), Ben Cutting (Mumbai Indians), Jason Behrendorff (Mumbai Indians) and Ashton Turner (Rajasthan Royals) were the other seven Australians released.
All nine players could still put their names forward for the next IPL auction on December 19 in Kolkata.
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Smith will return to captain the Royals after he took over from Ajinkya Rahane during the last season.
Smith also led the Royals in 2015. England stars Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer have also been retained by the struggling IPL side in 2020.
“It’s an honour to be named the Rajasthan Royals captain for the 2020 season,” Smith told the Royals’ website.
“It’s been a pleasure leading the Royals in previous years and I can’t wait to play alongside this extremely talented squad, plus those we pick up in the auction.”
Archer floored Smith with a 148km/h bouncer during this year’s Lord’s Test, concussing the batsman and forcing him to miss the next match. The Australian is looking forward to sharing a dressing room with his Ashes rivals once again.
“After a summer of some of the toughest cricket I can remember against the England boys in the World Cup and the Ashes I’m looking forward to having three of them on my team this time around,” he said.
“Everyone knows that Ben, Jos and Jofra are three of the finest cricketers in the world so it is going to be a fantastic tournament teaming up with them.”
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