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IPL 2021: “If I was RCB, I would not keep AB de Villiers” – Brad Hogg 

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Brad Hogg he feels it’s time for that Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) part with AB de Villiers. Since the details of the mega auctions and retention rules have not yet been fully clarified, Hogg believes there is too much uncertainty regarding the future of the gatekeeper.

The former Australian spinner talked about how to approach IPL auctions from a franchise perspective. He noted that a key Indian player between the ages of 23 and 26 is vital as a key member of the team. He also supported teams looking for more English players than Australians, given the latter’s tendency to withdraw from the tournament.

Hogg believes the franchises should go for players who have retired from international cricket. He supported CSK to go for Fafa du Plessis, but is against RCB doing the same with AB de Villiers. Speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg said:

“If I were RCB, I wouldn’t keep AB de Villiers because his future is a little more uncertain than people like Fafa du Plessis.”

AB de Villiers was avoided on a more reserved role in this edition of the IPL, and Glenn Maxwell took responsibility in the middle ranks. The former South African captain endured a dark campaign that yielded only 313 runs at an average of 31.30. He failed to find form at the foot of the UAE, and the nature of the surfaces did not help his goal either.

“Teams may have to play with one additional foreign player” – Brad Hogg

Hogg claimed he was not fully in line with the IPL’s plan to expand to 10 teams from next season. He believes that this plan could work well, the limit of foreign players allowed in playing XI should be increased to 5. He added:

“For me, I don’t know with the situation all over the world right now, whether it’s worth having an extra 2 teams. They may have to play one extra player from abroad on each team.”

IPL 2022 will have two new teams and will witness a change in format. Franchisees are not yet clear as to the number of retentions they are allowed to make or the card matching rights they will have available during auctions.


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Edited by Prem Deshpande

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