Rajasthan Royals have retained team skipper Sanju Samson for the IPL 2022 season, making him the first player to be retained for the season. Samson will also keep his leadership, having captained Royals in the IPL in 2021, according to ESPNcricinfo. This week, he signed a contract with the franchise for INR 14 crore each season.
According to reports, the wicketkeeper-batter was the first player the franchise had planned on retaining before the IPL deadline for the existing eight clubs on November 30. At least three England players – wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, fast bowler Jofra Archer, and allrounder Liam Livingstone – and uncapped Indian batter Yashasvi Jaiswal are the frontrunners for the remaining three spots.
Samson distinguished out as the top hitter of the Royals in the fourteenth season of the T20 league. Samson hit a century this season, finishing sixth on the run list with 484 runs in 14 innings pitched with a strike rate of 136.72.
All clubs are permitted to keep a maximum of four players under the BCCI’s retention rules for IPL 2022. Each squad is permitted to keep up to two foreign players. By November 28, the Royals are likely to have secured the last three retentions. Before the big auction is scheduled for next month, the list must be submitted by November 30.
According to the IPL’s retention slabs, if a club keeps four players, it would be penalised INR 42 crore from the auction purse, which has been increased to INR 90 crore this year. As a result, Royals will enter the auction with a bid of INR 48 crore. In addition, while Samson will be paid INR 14 crore, the first of the four players kept from the auction purse would be deducted INR 16 crore, as per IPL regulations.
Reportedly, BCCI is planning to begin the 15th season of the IPL in Chennai on April 2, 2022. The final might take place the first weekend in June, on June 4 or 5, according to reports.