For the forthcoming IPL seasons, the Punjab Kings have declared two retentions. The franchise wanted to keep KL Rahul, the team’s captain, but the batter preferred to go to auction. However, the franchise co-owner believes that, under BCCI norms, if he was approached by other teams before being released, it was unethical. Despite the fact that Punjab Kings were unable to make a bigger impact in the tournament, Rahul has been outstanding for the team. With 626 runs from 13 games last season, he finished as the team’s leading run-scorer. According to current sources, the new Lucknow franchise sought the keeper-batter before the Punjab franchise discharged him.

“We wanted to keep Rahul, but he insisted on returning to the auction. It would be unethical if he had been approached by another team before that,” Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia told News 18 Cricket Next. He also addressed reports that Rahul had been approached by Lucknow. “I hope not,” he responded, “since that would be against the BCCI’s principles.” The players retained by the Punjab Kings are co-owned by them.

Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh were retained by the team for the following seasons of the high-profile competition. Punjab Kings will now approach the mega auction with a purse of INR 72 crores after only two retentions. “Retaining Mayank and Arshdeep makes us really delighted. Mayank has been a fantastic player for us, and he has been really devoted to the team. Arshdeep has also been with us for some time, and I can only see him getting better. I see him playing for India in the not-too-distant future,” Wadia predicted.

Punjab hasn’t had a very successful tournament in recent years. As a result, with only two retentions, management may be considering forming an entirely new team. Wadia clarified these points and expressed hope that they will be able to find the proper combination at the auction.

“At Punjab Kings, I don’t believe we’ve performed as well as we could have. We surely could have done a better job. The most important thing is that we work hard to guarantee that the players and staff get the freedom they deserve while also remaining united. It is now necessary to consider how to maintain that spirit. Hopefully, during the auction, we’ll find the appropriate combination, and we’ll move on from there,” Wadia added.