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Mumbai Indians managed to execute the first trade of IPL 2019 by securing South African wicket-keeper Quinton De Kock from Royal Challengers Bangalore in an all money deal.
De Kock was purchased by the Virat Kohli led side for INR 2.8 Cr in the last year’s auction. The South African went on to score 201 runs in 8 appearances for the franchise at a strike rate of 124.
Moreover, the two-time IPL Champions have also released offspinner Akila Dananjaya and left arm seamer Muztafizur Rahman from the squad ahead of the auction slated to take place in December.
The Mumbai Indians squad already comprises two wicket-keepers in the form of Ishan Kishan and Aditya Tare. Despite that, the squad would be boosted with the presence of an experienced wicket-keeper batsman for the tournament.
ESPN Cricinfo also notes the details behind the auction for the 2019 IPL with the event expected to take place on December 16 at Goa. Moreover, the franchises will reportedly have INR 3Cr in their purses along with the amount which was left unused in the previous auction.
Another agenda which the tournament authorities and franchises will look to resolve is the potential venue for the 2019 IPL with the Indian general elections in mind. Last time such an instance occurred, the tournament was shifted entirely to South Africa (2009), while UAE hosted the initial games of the 2014 IPL.