Punjab Kings might have lost their best player in KL Rahul ahead of IPL 2022 but their smart retention strategy has made sure that they have the highest remaining purse for the mega auction among all the 8 core franchises (72 crores) which will give them an instant advantage.
They have retained the least number of players (8) among all the other teams and will thus have to build their entire squad from scratch. Captain selection is also an important aspect that Punjab Kings management will have to think about as Mayank Agarwal does not have much experience as a skipper. PBKS thus have a lot to do in the upcoming Mega-auction.
In this article, we will take a look at the Punjab franchise ahead of IPL 2022. We will discuss things like their retention picks, what to expect from them, prediction, probable Auction picks and many more.
Punjab Kings Retentions and Remaining Purse
Punjab Kings Retained the following players ahead of IPL 2022:-
- Mayank Agarwal (12 crore, 14 crore to be deducted from purse)
- Arshdeep Singh (4 crore)
Remaining Purse for Mega-auction – Rs 72 Crores
Star Players Released by PBKS
Punjab Kings released a number of well known stars from their squad ahead of IPL 2022’s mega auction. The biggest names from the lot, of course, is of their former captain KL Rahul who himself did not want to stay at the franchise.
However, there are a number of other big stars that PBKS will definitely miss. Here is a list of all the star players that Punjab released.
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Ravi Bishnoi
- Nicholas Pooran
- Shahrukh Khan
Punjab Kings Squad for IPL 2022
- Mayank Agarwal
- Arshdeep Singh
Full squad to be added after the completion of the auctions
Punjab Kings Probable Playing XI for IPL 2022
To be added ones the full squad is known
What to expect from PBKS in IPL 2022
Punjab Kings are one of the 3 core IPL franchises who are yet to lift the IPL trophy once. Like RCB, they have mostly had a great squad that underperforms every year and things were no different in IPL 2021.
Apart from KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal who scored majority of their runs, most of the PBKS stars failed to impress and thus they finished on 6th position of the points table. Having lost their main player KL Rahul, Punjab Kings have the biggest vacuum to fill in among all the other 8 core IPL franchises and fortunately enough they have the funds to find a suitable replacement in the mega auction.
Punjab Kings’ fate in the upcoming years of the Indian Premier League thus completely depends on their team selection.