Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have release England’s Sam Billings before the IPL 2020 auction. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Billings will go back into the auction. The right-handed batsman, who was elevated to the post of England’s vice-captain for New Zealand T20Is, had joined the franchise at his base price of Rs 1 Crore in IPL 2018 auction.
He got a consistent run in his maiden season with CSK and scored 108 runs in 10 matches off 78 balls he faced in the tournament. However, he just got one match in IPL 2019 and flew back to England in the last week of April to play for Kent in Royal London One-day Cup.
He wasn’t a part of the World Cup 2019 squad but was in the squad for the Ireland series. A shoulder injury right in the first match ruled him out for a while and he returned for Kent during the season.
Billings isn’t expected to be the first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman for any team and might also go unsold during the auction. It is to be noted that England’s players do not play complete IPL as they always have a series lined up in the month of May. Plus their domestic competitions start in April.
Billings has played a total of 22 IPL matches in which he has scored 334 runs with a strike-rate of 133.60. Apart from CSK, he has also represented Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Delhi Capitals have traded Trent Boult to Mumbai Indians. Kings XI Punjab have traded their pacer Ankit Rajpoot to Rajasthan Royals. They got all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham in return.
As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, Mumbai Indians have released opener Evin Lewis, who did not get enough opportunities due to presence of Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma at the top. The report also adds that Rajasthan Royals have traded Dhawal Kulkarni to Mumbai Indians. A veteran of Mumbai cricket, Kulkarni was a part of MI from 2008 to 2013.