On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, the eight Indian Premier League clubs will publish the list of players they have selected to keep before the major IPL auction ahead of the following season. During this time, various rumours have surfaced claiming that Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain KL Rahul and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) spinner Rashid Khan had been approached by a club to join them even before PBKS and SRH have revealed their retention lists.
PBKS and SR) have protested to the BCCI over the RPSG Group-backed Lucknow franchise ‘pursuing and poaching’ KL Rahul and Rashid Khan to quit their franchises, according to Inside Sport.
According to the article, the Indian board is now investigating the accusations and would take appropriate measures if the allegations are proven to be accurate.
“We haven’t got a letter,” a BCCI official told Inside Sport, “but we have received a verbal complaint from two franchises alleging players poaching by the Lucknow squad.”
He also stated that approaching players in this manner is not fair to the current teams.
“We don’t want to upset the equilibrium.” When there is severe rivalry, such things are unavoidable.”However, when current teams try to balance everything,” a BCCI official remarked,”it is not fair to them.”
According to rumours, KL Rahul has been promised more than Rs 20 crore by the RPSG-backed new Lucknow club to leave Punjab Kings. Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad has also received a Rs 16 crore offer. While SRH wants to keep Rashid, they don’t want to spend more than Rs 12 crore.
This isn’t the first time a player has been contacted or a team has been accused of poaching. Ravindra Jadeja was suspended for a year and the Mumbai Indians were fined more than a decade ago in 2010, after the all-rounder declined to renew his contract with the Rajasthan Royals and sought to negotiate a new deal with the Mumbai Indians.