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In the first trade ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL), the Royal Challengers Bangalore have sent South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock to the Mumbai Indians.
The Royal Challengers bought De Kock for INR 2.8 crore (USD 437,000) at this year’s IPL auction.
The Indians agreed to buy De Kock at that price and have decided to release Bangladesh left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who they bought for INR 2.2 crore (USD 343,000), and Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya, who they purchased for INR 50 lakh (USD 78,000).
In this year’s IPL, De Kock scored 201 runs in eight games at an average of 25.12 and a strike-rate of 124.07.
All the IPL franchises have until November 15 to retain and release players as the auction for next year’s tournament is likely to take place on December 16 in Goa.
A purse of INR 3 crore will be available for the franchises, along with the money they had left over from this year’s auction.
It remains to be seen if the 2019 IPL will be held in India as the country’s general elections will take place around the same time the competition is usually held.
With that in mind, it is understood that the tournament could be shifted to South Africa.