The SA opener will now play for Mumbai Indians instead of RCB
South Africa’s star wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock is set to be the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) first transfer of 2019 to shift bases before the auction takes place later in December.
Quinton was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore or RCB for a fee of ₹ 2.8 crores in the 2018 auction. He went on to play eight matches for them, scoring 201 runs at a strike rate of 124.07.
However, according to reports, the stylish opener is set to ply his trade with Mumbai Indians for the same price instead of RCB in the 2019 IPL season. MI, on their part, have released Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman for ₹ 2.2 crores and Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya ₹50 lakhs to accommodate their new buy.
Why Quinton De Kock?
MI already have two wicketkeepers in their ranks- Ishan Kishan and Aditya Tare, meaning that was not why de Kock bought. It seems he has been bought to look after their top-order. Last season, MI struggled in this section and had to use hard-hitting West Indies batsman Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav as their openers. Kishan came in at the No.3 position. However, Lewis, having started the season strongly, faded towards the end of the season. This might exactly be the reason Mumbai have looked to acquire de Kock’s services.
Before playing for RCB, De Kock has handled the willow at Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He has a total of 927 runs, including one century and six fifties in 34 innings.
Trading Windows in IPL
In a year, IPL has two trading windows. The first window starts just after the end of the season and is open before a month to the auction. The second one commences after the player auction ends and runs until the start of the next tournament.
In 2018, Indian Premier League also introduced a mid-tournament transfer window so that franchises are able to trade uncapped players or players who have played two or fewer number matches.
The IPL franchises will be given an additional purse of ₹ 3 crores to their kitty left from the previous auction. BCCI also announced that the last dates for retention and release of players are 15 November.
Although the official date of the auction has not been released, according to reports, it will be staged between December 15 and 20 in Goa.
Another headache for IPL franchises will be the venue of next year’s IPL, considering the 2019 general elections will happen during the same period. They will have to consider this factor before they commit to bringing new players. The second edition of IPL was staged in South Africa whereas, in 2014, it was shifted to UAE.