Brad Hogg says “If I was RCB, I would not keep AB de Villiers” in IPL 2021. Hogg feels that the time for Royal Challengers Bangalore to part ways with AB de Villiers. Also, details over the mega auction and retention rule are yet to be fully ironed out. He believes there is too much uncertainty over the wicket-keeper batsman’s future. Brad spoke about how he would approach IPL auctions from the perspective of a franchise. He states that a key Indian player between the ages of 23-26 is vital. As a core member of the team. He supported teams to go for more English players than Australians. It is given the latter’s tendency to pull out of the competition.
Moreover, Hogg’s sense that franchises should go for players who have retired from international cricket. He supported CSK to go for Faf du Plessis. But against RCB doing the same with AB de Villiers.
“If I was RCB, I would not keep AB de Villiers because his future is a little more unsettled than the likes of Faf du Plessis,” Hogg said.
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AB de Villiers was avoiding a more reserved role in this season of the IPL. Also, Glenn Maxwell taking on the responsibility in the middle overs. He endured a bleak campaign that only yielded 313 runs. At an average of 31.30. He failed to find form in the UAE leg, with the nature of the surfaces not helping his cause either.
Hogg claimed he is not fully on board with the IPL’s plan. In to the expansion with 10 teams from next season onwards. He believes that plans to function well. The limit of overseas players allowed in the playing XI should be increased to 5.
“Lastly, for me, I don’t know with the situation around the world right now, whether it is worth having those extra 2 teams. They might have to play one extra overseas player in each team,” Brad Hogg said.