Punjab Kings (PBKS) co-owner Ness Wadia stated that the franchise wanted to retain KL Rahul without a shred of a doubt, but the 29-year-old wanted to go back into the auction pool.
He also claimed that if another franchise approached him before he was released by PBKS, then it is against the guidelines set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
A similar incident had occurred back in 2010 when Ravindra Jadeja was banned for one year after he tried to negotiate a contract with another franchise while being part of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) setup.
“We wanted to retain Rahul, but he wanted to go back into the auction. If he has been approached by another franchise before that, it would be unethical,” Wadia was quoted as saying to PTI.
When asked if Rahul was contacted by Lucknow, Wadia said: “I hope not because that is against the guidelines set by the BCCI.”
KL Rahul posts heartfelt message after leaving the franchise
Taking to Twitter, KL Rahul thanked the franchise and its fans for the support he received. Rahul was an important player for the side and, along with Mayank Agarwal, formed a formidable partnership at the top. His decision to part ways with PBKS does bode well for the new franchises in the IPL.
“It was a good ride, thank you for love .see u on the other side.” he wrote on his Instagram account.
Speaking about the 29-year-old’s decision, PBKS director of cricket operations, Anil Kumble, said: “Obviously, we wanted to retain him. That is one of the reasons we chose him as captain two years back. But he decided to go into the auction. We respect that. We honour his decision. It’s the player’s prerogative.”
With Rahul’s departure, the PBKS franchise will now have to find a new skipper and an opening partner for Agarwal.