IPL 2024 Retention: Fans left stunned as RCB opts to release Josh Hazlewood ahead of the auction

Josh Hazlewood

The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), captained by Faf du Plessis, is preparing for another thrilling season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the aim of securing their first-ever championship title. Like other teams, RCB has recently revealed the list of players they have released and retained in anticipation of the IPL 2024 auction.

The surprise release of Josh Hazlewood

RCB has let go of eleven players ahead of the auction, slated to take place on December 19 in Dubai. One of the notable names on the released list is Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood. Acquired during the IPL 2022 Mega Auction for a substantial INR 7.75 crore, Hazlewood had a promising start, claiming 20 wickets in 12 matches. However, a dip in performance during the subsequent edition saw him securing only three wickets in three games, leading to his release. RCB’s decision underscores the team’s emphasis on performance and adaptability.

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Strategic retentions and leadership dynamics

RCB has strategically retained major players, emphasizing continuity and leadership stability. Skipper Faf and iconic batter Virat Kohli remain integral to the team’s plans. The duo aims to showcase a swashbuckling display, leading the team from the frontlines. The strategic retention of key players underlines RCB’s confidence in their core strengths and the pursuit of a championship-winning formula.

New coaching leadership with Andy Flower and Mo Bobat

In a significant move, RCB has already brought on board Zimbabwean legend Andy Flower as the new coach. Flower, previously associated with Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), brings a wealth of experience and strategic acumen to the team. Additionally, Mo Bobat has been appointed as the new Director of Cricket, having served over a decade with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). The fresh coaching leadership signals RCB’s commitment to a holistic approach, combining international expertise with a blend of experience and innovation.

As the IPL 2024 auction approaches, RCB’s strategic decisions set the stage for an intriguing season, with fans eagerly awaiting the team’s quest for glory.

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