After assembling a star-studded squad at the auction for the Indian Premier League, Punjab Kings hoped to qualify for the playoffs. However, the perennial underachievers of the cash-rich league disappointed the fans once again and finished 6th in the league standings with seven wins and seven losses after 14 league matches.
They were so inconsistent that the Mohali-based franchise failed to win two consecutive matches throughout the season. Punjab Kings always perform well in the auctions but they mostly fail to translate that performance into results on the ground. They will once again enter the auction with a target to fill the void in their squad and bring more balance.
Hence, in this post, we will take a look at the five players Punjab Kings can release ahead of IPL 2023.
5. Vaibhav Arora
The Mohali-based franchise signed Vaibhav Arora for a large amount of INR 2 crore in the auction for IPL 2022. The Himachal Pradesh pacer signed the pacer to lead their bowling attack with the new ball.
However, the 24-year-old did not impress and had a mediocre display of pace bowling. The right-arm pacer picked up only 3 wickets in 5 matches in the IPL 2022 at an average of 54.66. Furthermore, Vaibhav Arora also had an expensive economy rate of 9.19.
Punjab Kings might opt to release Arora ahead of the auctions for next season in search of other options. It will also free up a large amount of INR 2 crore for their purse.