IPL’s astonishing $12.5 million snub for Aussies

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Glenn Maxwell is the only Australian to have been retained by his IPL team for the 2022 competition.

Maxwell, who averaged 42.75 with the bat in 15 games last season, was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a fee of $2 million.

And while his big-money contract is one to marvel at, the 33-year-old next season will instead take home close to $500,000 less from what he earned in 2021.

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Meanwhile, the likes of fellow Australian stars who were also on big contracts last season – David Warner ($2.3m) Pat Cummins ($3.16m), Jhye Richardson ($2.48m), Steve Smith ($389,000), Nathan Coulter-Nile ($885,000), Riley Meredith ($1.4 million) Marcus Stoinis ($980,000), Dan Christian ($850,000) – were all dumped by their franchises.

Glenn Maxwell

It's expected the unretained Australians will still draw plenty of interest at the upcoming IPL auction, especially with the competition expanding to 10 teams.

Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the new two franchises joining in season 2022.

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IPL teams can pick a maximum of four players to be retained, of which only two can come from overseas while the rest must come through the auction.

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Warner, who despite winning player of the tournament at the recent T20 World Cup, endured a brutal 2021 campaign with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The 35-year-old was dropped and axed as skipper of the team this season.

Despite averaging an incredible 69.20 with the bat in 2019, Warner's IPL numbers have dipped since, averaging 39.14 in 2020 and just 24.37 this year.

Every player retained:

Chennai Super Kings: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Anrich Nortje.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell, Varun Chakaravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard.

Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh.

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik.

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