IPL Auction: Kane Richardson reveals reason why he and Adam Zampa went unsold
Australia pacer Kane Richardson has said that probably leaving the Indian Premier League (IPL) season midway last year was the reason behind him and Adam Zampa going unsold in the mega auction this year.
Last season, Zampa and Richardson, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), decided to leave the IPL midway during the India phase after COVID-19 instances began to rise in India and there were uncertainties about whether Australia would admit any travellers.
“I was definitely more shocked for him. To be brutally honest, when we left last year, in the circumstances early, I remember having a conversation with him. I said to him, look, this may come back and bite us, and at that time it wasn’t a priority for us to be there. We wanted to get back to Australia,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Richardson as saying.
“So I think there’d be some kind of buyers that’d be pretty wary of picking us up thinking that we wouldn’t come again. I definitely think that’s a factor. I’m just speaking on what I think would be a factor in it. I don’t know. I’ve never had a dialogue with a franchise or a person that says that’s what would be the case. But I think I didn’t go the year before as well with the birth of my boy,” he added.
Further talking about the IPL, Richardson said:
“So my reputation probably is that in the last couple of years I haven’t gone so it’s obviously not something that I am. I try and play as much cricket as I can. But I think the circumstances in the last couple of IPLs have made me not go. But it’s not a reputation I want.”
“So that’s just us brainstorming. I think that’d be a point of them being wary of us turning up, but I’m not 100 per cent sure,” he added.
In the third T20I against Sri Lanka, Richardson starred with the ball as Australia took a unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
The bowler was named Player of the Match after taking three wickets.