Glenn Maxwell’s controversial $ 2.2million per season stint with Kings XI Punjab is over, after the Indian Premier League side released the Australian star.
IPL teams had to deal with the deadline overnight, making decisions on the retention and release of existing players on the squad ahead of the tournament player auction next month.
Steve Smith (Rajasthan) and Aaron Finch (Bangalore) were also released by their IPL teams, as well as their Australian colleagues Alex Carey (Delhi), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Mumbai), James Pattinson (Mumbai), Billy Stanlake (Hyderabad) ), Chris Green (Kolkata) and Shane Watson (Chennai, retired). Australian paceman Daniel Sams has been traded from Delhi to Bangalore.
Maxwell had a dismal IPL last year, scoring 108 runs to 15.42 in 11 innings and failing to hit a single six. He was dropped for the last game, then returned in sparkling form for the Aussie summer, on fire accusations of the great Indian virender Sehwag that he had treated the IPL as a “well-paid vacation”.
Smith was released as captain last season.
“Steve has been a great player and a great leader for the Royals, and we want to thank him for his contribution to the franchise,” said Royals owner Manoj Badale.
Pat Cummins was held back on a massive $ 3.2 million contract by Kolkata despite struggling for much of the last IPL season. David Warner (Hyderabad), Mitchell Marsh (Hyderabad), Chris Lynn (Mumbai), Josh Hazlewood (Chennai), Adam Zampa (Bangalore), Josh Philippe (Bangalore) and Marcus Stoinis (Delhi) were selected.
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