Kings XI Punjab medium pacer Sandeep Sharma, who was one of the star performers for Kings XI Punjab in IPL-7, has been ruled out of the Champions League T20 in India in September-October due to injury which will keep him away from the ground until December this year. He is going to miss the Champions League Twenty20 for this injury. Kings XI’s chief operations officer Fraser Castellino said that all the other players are fit and available except Sandeep Sharma. Sandeep was listed in India A’s squad for the four-day matches in their ongoing tour of Australia, but he cannot join the squad due to this injury.
Sandeep grasped the limelight this year by taking 18 wickets in 11 IPL matches. Sandeep impressed in the IPL this season with his colossal swing, particularly in the UAE leg of the tournament.
Along with Sandeep, Australian Shaun Marsh who didn’t play many matches in the last edition of IPL, is going to miss the Champions league.
It is the first time KXIP is going to represent themself in the Champions League and Castellino said that there is a lot of hope for putting up a good show in the September 12-October 4 event. Kings XI Punjab was in the semi-finals during the inaugural edition of IPL in 2008 but there was no CLT20 back then. After the kind of performance they had had in the IPL, the CLT20 will give Kings XI Punjab another opportunity to enhance their reputation and also increase their fan base in the process, added chief operations officer Fraser Castellino.
Fraser Castellino also said that they have always believed in smart disbursing which was evident in the manner they created their squad at the auctions. We tried many permutation combination and create an ideal whisk. They saved Rs4 crore out of Rs60 crore. They did not spend lumps of money on conventional marketing rather they used the social platforms to connect with the new age fans. Twitter, Instagram, and their mobile app played a big role in this event.
When COO of the team was asked about the valuation of the KXIP team, he replied that the team was bought for around USD 76 million. Even by moderate estimation after covering all costs, the valuation of the franchise will be around USD 200 million.