Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)

Senior India cricketer Robin Uthappa predicts Rashid Khan to bag an enormous amount of money should the leg-spinner go under the hammer at the IPL 2022 mega-auction.

Rashid Khan, arguably the best T20 spinner in the world, was released by SRH on Tuesday. This 5-season association came to an end as SRH retained skipper Kane Williamson (14 cr), and uncapped Indians Abdul Samad (4 cr), Umran Malik (4 cr).

The Afghanistan spinner picked 93 wickets in 76 IPL matches for SRH at an economy of 6.33 and was their most fearsome bowler in the attack.

If Ahmedabad or Lucknow aren’t able to acquire his services before the mega auction, Rashid Khan will be up for grabs at the bidding table.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Soon after the retentions lists were announced, Robin Uthappa, who has been released by CSK, was asked to guess an amount the leg-spinner would fetch at the auction.

“Well and truly above 16 crores”, Uthappa told Star Sports.

Rashid Khan wanted to be the first retention: Report

The news of SRH not retaining Rashid Khan was shocking, and was one of the biggest releases alongside KL Rahul from Punjab Kings.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, Rashid and SRH had been in negotiations about the priority of the cricketer’s retention before the spinner opted out. Rashid wanted to be the first retention pick, while SRH had decided Williamson as their top spot player.

Rashid Khan and Kane Williamson
Rashid Khan and Kane Williamson. Credits: Twitter

“SRH wanted to keep the spinner as their No 2 retention. It would have meant that Rashid would be entitled to a fee of Rs 11 crore, which is Rs 2 crore more than his current salary,” Cricbuzz stated.

“After initially refusing to be the second retention, Rashid apparently relented but later reneged. SRH say they still have a good equation with the player but not as much with a London-based agent who was playing hardball with the franchise.”

CEO of Sunrisers Hyderabad, K Shammi, later also said that the franchise respects Khan’s decision, and if available, they will try to get him back in the mega auction.

Ahmedabad and Lucknow have the deadline of December 25 for selecting their top three players (two Indians and one overseas) from the available pool, which, other than Rashid Khan, includes KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, and Shreyas Iyer.

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