MI added a star pacer to their team, while KKR signed the fastest IPL pacer

MI added a star pacer to their team, while KKR signed the fastest IPL pacer
After a grand season of the Indian Premier League, the preparation for the IPL 2023 is in full swing. For that, the IPL's governing body has arranged a mini auction next month on December 13 in Kochi.

This auction will give all ten teams the option to rearrange their teams and look to trade for or sign new players so that they can perform well in the upcoming season. However, the BCCI has given the last date to all the teams to submit their list of players they want to retain and release.

The last date to submit the list is November 15. Notably, two new franchises joined the competition last time, making it a 10-team competition, which led to a mega-auction. But next month will be that big, and it will be a mini auction.

With the deadline set by the BCCI being November 15, each team can retain up to 15 players ahead of the auction, and the remaining 10 players will have to be released from the side. The maximum team size is restricted to 25; the minimum is 18.

The mini auction, which will take place next month in Kochi, will be a one-day event. Thus, a few teams have already made their decisions and taken a big step towards it. Like MI has released long serving all-rounder Kieron Pollard.

However, to strengthen their bowling attack, which became the weak point for the five-time champions, they have traded Australian pacer Jason Behrendroff to Royal Challengers Bangalore, who signed him in the last season for INR 75 lakhs. Behrendroff played for MI in 2018 and CSK in 2021.

One interesting trade happened between the two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders and the defending champion Gujarat Titans when KKR signed Lockie Ferguson back into their lineup from GT. The Kiwi pacer played an important role in GT 2022's triumph, picking up 12 wickets in 13 games. He has taken 36 wickets in 35 IPL games overall.

Apart from Ferguson, KKR has made sure that they will strengthen their batting department as well, which is why they have picked Afghanistan star batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Notably, Gurbaz was signed in last season as a replacement for injured Jason Roy. However, he didn't get any chance to play in the entire season.

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