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The Kings XI Punjab have traded Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for batsman Mandeep Singh.
Stoinis featured in seven matches for the Kings XI in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and scored 99 runs at an average of 24.75. He also took three wickets at an average of 40.
As for Mandeep, he represented the Royal Challengers in 14 games and amassed 252 runs at an average of 25.20.
In the 2018 IPL auction, the Royal Challengers bought Mandeep for INR 1.40 crore. They also seemed to have secured the services of Stoinis before the Kings XI used their Right-To-Match card and retained him for INR 6.20 crore.
The Royal Challengers were also involved in another trade recently as they sold South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock to the Mumbai Indians in an all-money trade.
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 last 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.