IPL 2020 is nearing the first half of the tournament, and post which, franchises could trade players as part of the mid-season transfer. However, there are few rules to this mid-season transfer. Only those players, both capped and uncapped, who have played 2 matches or less could be part of this mid-season transfer.
Some franchises may have players who are no longer needed, and they could give them out on loan to other teams. Here are those possible players who could be transferred mid-season.
1) Mitchell McClenaghan
The Mumbai Indians pacer is yet to get a game in IPL 2020 as the team is banking on foreign imports such as Trent Boult, and James Pattinson to do the job for them, with Nathan Coulter-Nile waiting for his chance as well. The other two foreign spots in the XI has been reserved for Quinton de Kock, and Kieron Pollard, so there’s nothing much to do for McClenagahan than wait for his chances, which may not come this season.
Hence, Mumbai may trade him to other franchises, with RCB and KXIP likely to take him, as both these two teams are struggling in their pace bowling units.
RCB has benched Dale Steyn for poor form, while Isuru Udana is yet to hit top gear. And KXIP has Sheldon Cottrell who has flattered to deceive so far. So, both the teams could be vying for McClenaghan’s services.
2) Ajinkya Rahane
A veteran in IPL, Ajinkya Rahane, is warming the benches in Delhi Capitals’ dressing room as there is no place for him in the XI as other Indian batsmen are firing on all cylinders. Usually, Rahane opens the batting, but he could be a good middle-order batsman as well. Delhi may look to trade him away, with KXIP likely to go for him, as the Punjab team has struggled with middle-order frailties. SRH may also look to get Rahane as well to boost their middle-order as it lacks experience.
3) Billy Stanlake
SRH are sorted out in choosing the four foreign players in their playing XI. It includes David Warner, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson, and it’s highly unlikely they may tinker with this combination. Hence, they might need to let go a few surplus overseas players in Billy Stanlake, who is yet to appear in the tournament. RCB could try to get Stanlake in their squad and resolve their pace bowling woes.
4) David Miller
Miller has started just one game for Rajasthan Royals and was run-out without scoring against CSK. Royals have their foreign quota full, with Steve Smith, Ben Stokes(who is likely to feature in the tournament now), Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler certainties in the XI. Hence, Royals may look to let go of Miller in the mid-season transfer. CSK need a quality middle-order batsman who can finish off games, and Miller could just provide that.
5) Imran Tahir/Mitchell Santner
CSK have been blessed with an abundance of spin options, with Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla as the local talent, with Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner as foreign spin options. But CSK already has four foreign players confirmed in the XI that includes Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, and Dwayne Bravo, and there is unlikely to be any changes there.
So, CSK may let go either of Imran Tahir or Mitchell Santner, with the latter most likely for an exit. KXIP lacks a quality back-up spinner to Ravi Bishnoi and may go for Santner in the mid-season transfer.
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