Lokesh Rahul, the highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 season so far, may part ways with Punjab Kings next year. They are likely to participate in the auction.
He is understood to have been approached by some franchisees who have shown interest in having him on board. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to announce the retention policy for the next season. This is when a mega auction is to take place next season. As of now there is no clarity on the retention policy and the number of Right to Match (RTM) cards available to the franchisees.
It may be noted that a franchise has the right to use the Right to Match card when its existing players are made available for auction. It is understood that discussions are taking place behind the scenes so that Rahul’s departure from Punjab Kings is cordial. There is no comment from Rahul, who is currently in the bio-bubble of the Indian team for the ICC T20 World Cup, while a Punjab Kings official declined to discuss the matter. categorically denied.