Ahead of IPL 2023 mini-auction, which is scheduled to be held in Kochi on December 23, Lucknow Super Giants launched seven gamers from their squad. The checklist had some notable omissions, which included the likes of Windies powerhouse Jason Holder and Evin Lewis. Manish Pandey was additionally discovered his title within the checklist of launched gamers and the star India batter opened on his launch.
In a latest interview to Sportskeeda, Pandey mentioned there have been no prior communication about the identical between him and the franchise, however will not be stunned by their determination.
“No, I never got a call. I just got to know about it on the day the list was announced. There was no real communication, but yeah that’s alright. As players, you have to be ready because you are not playing a lot of games. I understand from LSG’s point of view that they wanted to release me and get some extra money in the kitty for some other players or whatever the plan is,” he mentioned.
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Pandey additionally confirmed that no different franchise have approached him after the discharge. “I am not in touch with any of the other teams as of now. I am just looking to perform well in these games and let’s see where destiny takes me,” he added.
Pandey featured in six matches for the brand new franchise, through which he might solely muster 88 runs at a strike-rate of 110.
The group making their debut within the money wealthy league had completed third on the factors desk after the round-robin stage, securing 9 wins from 14 matches.
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They met Royal Challengers Bangalore within the play-offs and misplaced the high-scoring contest by 14 runs. Chasing 208 in opposition to Bangalore, KL Rahul and Co. might mange 193/6 earlier than working out of overs.
In an fascinating flip of occasions, Lucknow launched 4 abroad expertise and saved wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock, star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Mayers, and England fast Mark Wood.
They will head into the public sale with a handbag worth of ₹23.35 crore and have 4 abroad slot remaining.