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Kings XI in dire straits Set to release foreign players?

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Published on May 08, 2015 with No Comments

The police departments of Punjab and Chandigarh seem helpless when it comes to recovering their pending bills Indian Premier League franchisee Kings XI Punjab for providing on-demand security IPL cricket matches. The amount of their pending bills has nearly touched the Rs 05 crore mark. To recover this amount, the Chandigarh police have already moved a local court.
With the team out of reckoning for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Punjab team management is exploring ways to cut back on its spending.
One of the options being considered is to send back a few players, more precisely the foreign players. A clause in the IPL player contract, pertaining to foreign players, says if a franchise does not need a player for all 14 games, it can deduct 20 per cent of his fee.
The ownership group is believed to be considering if that is a wise option.A decision is expected to be made in a day or two and most likely some foreign players, if not all, could be asked to leave. Incidentally, the team is led by a foreign player -George Bailey of Australia.
Currently, the franchise has six foreign players besides Bailey -David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Beuran Hendricks and Thisara Perera. All put together, the seven foreign players cost the management Rs33.85 croes (taking into account Rs12.5 crores for Miller who was retained and whose fee was not disclosed). If the team decides to release all seven, they could save up to Rs 5 crores. The foreign players, the likes of Maxwell and Miller, have not exactly set the stands on fire this season.A leading daily from Chandigarh cited its sources that the management is considering an option on those lines. There is suggestion the team should play the remaining games only with the Indian players.
KXIP are currently placed at the bottom of the table with four points (two wins) from ten games.


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