Days after reports emerged that Mumbai Indians are in negotiations with Sunrisers Hyderabad to sign their opener Shikhar Dhawan, another report suggest that Kings XI Punjab are also trying to sign the India star.
As per reports in Mumbai Mirror, Mumbai Indians were negotiating with Sunrisers Hyderabad to secure the services of their opener Shikhar Dhawan. The India opener had played for Mumbai Indians in 2009 and 2010. The report claimed that Dhawan is unhappy with the franchise and has already stated that he wants to leave despite having three years left on his contract.’
One of the reasons behind Dhawan’s discontent at Sunrisers was the fee he is getting from the franchise.
Dhawan reportedly wanted to be retained as the No. 1 or No. 2 player in the franchise. In such a case, his fees could have run into Rs 10-12 crore. However, the franchise released him before buying him back using the ‘right to match’ (RTM) card. His eventual price at the auction was Rs 5.2 crore.
And amidst all this, The Times of India has reported that Kings XI Punjab are also interested in signing up the India star. Dhawan, who was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for an amount of Rs 5.2 Crore, could see his salary being doubled at Kings XI Punjab. The report also adds that he would be swapped with Karun Nair, who was bought by the Punjab-based franchise for an amount of Rs 5.6 Crore.
With the transfer window for the upcoming season set to end in few weeks, an official announcement regarding the same is expected to be made soon. The auction is likely to take place in mid-December.