Ben Stokes will not be retained by the Rajasthan Royals for the IPL 2022 season

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Rajasthan Royals have reportedly opted not to keep England all-rounder Ben Stokes for the IPL 2022 season. According to sources close to SportsTiger, the decision was made in light of the 30-year-recent old’s fitness difficulties as well as the salary cap. Stokes hasn’t played since July when he decided to take an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health and recover from a nagging finger injury.

Notably, the previous eight IPL clubs will be allowed to keep up to four players from their current roster — three Indians (capped or uncapped), two overseas, and two uncapped players. A team’s purse will be depleted by INR 42 crore if four players are retained, while a team’s purse will be depleted by INR 33 crore if three players are retained. A team’s purse will be reduced by INR 24 crore if two players are retained, and the franchise’s purse would be reduced by INR 14 crore if only one player is retained.

As a result, given the salary cap and Jos Buttler’s recent outstanding performances, it is expected that Buttler will be RR’s first choice for retention. Buttler was the standout performer for England at the recently concluded T20 World Cup, and he looked fantastic. He also scored his first T20I century. Meanwhile, Jofra Archer, the Indian Premier League’s most valuable player in 2020, is another option for the Royals’ overseas berth.

For varying numbers of retentions, different salary caps apply

It should be noted that compensation for each player will vary depending on how many retentions a team chooses to make. Player 1 would get Rs 16 crore, Player 2 will earn Rs 12 crore, Player 3 will earn Rs 8 crore, and Player 4 will earn Rs 6 crore if all four players are retained. If a team decides to keep three players, each will be paid Rs 15 crore, Rs 11 crore, and Rs 7 crore.

Only two players would be retained, with Player 1 receiving Rs 14 crore and Player 2 receiving Rs 10 crore. If a team decides to keep only one player, the salary for that player will be Rs 14 crore per year. The retention amount pay of retained players and the actual amount paid to the player, however, is not necessarily the same. If the Delhi Capitals keep Rishabh Pant as their ‘player 1’ out of the four maximum players, the purse will be deducted by 16 crores. Pant’s take-home pay, on the other hand, does not accurately reflect what is deducted from his pocketbook. It’s possible that it’ll be less than 16 crores.

The BCCI has given the two new clubs until November 30, 2021, to finalise their retained players, while the two new teams will have till December 1, 2021, to pick three players outside of the auction.

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