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The Indian Premier League (IPL) mini-auction is scheduled to take place on Friday, December 23 in Kochi, Kerala. Like other teams, Punjab Kings too have begun ideating plans to bolster their squad and are likely to add fresh faces ahead of the new season.
Former head coach of the franchise, Anil Kumble has opined that the side will be on the lookout for an overseas all-rounder. Furthermore, he stated that Australia’s Cameron Green is someone whom the side would look to target at the forthcoming auction. The ace all-rounder has featured in eight T20I matches thus far and amassed 139 runs at an impressive strike rate of 173.75.
‘’Punjab Kings have let go of their overseas all-rounder in Odean Smith. So, they will certainly look for an overseas all-rounder. So, there is Cameron Green, Ben Stokes, and Sam Curran. In my view they will go for Cameron Green because he gives you a bit of pace, he is tall, hits the deck hard and can also bat in the top three. So that’s something I think Punjab will look to do,” said Kumble in an interview with Jio Cinema.
“And they certainly need an overseas all-rounder. The other two slots for the overseas options they have, they have plenty of options, they have plenty of money to spend. So, I guess they will probably fill up with an overseas spinning all-rounder and a batter,” he added.
The Punjab franchise has INR 32.2 crore remaining in its purse and will go all out for the remaining three overseas slots. PBKS have already released Mayank Agarwal who led them in the last season as he failed to produce the required goods as a leader.
PBKS finished at the seventh position with seven wins and the same number of losses in 14 games during the IPL 2022 season. They have now appointed Shikhar Dhawan as their new designated leader and the southpaw will look to change the fortunes of the side.
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