November 16, 2018
Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) released Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson and Sarfaraz Khan ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 auctions. RCB, who are yet to win an IPL title, decided to let go of the Kiwi duo, along with Sarfaraz, who was one of the three players retained by the franchise ahead of IPL 2018 auctions. Despite boasting of some of the most prolific cricketers, RCB haven’t won an IPL title in 11 editions.
November 15 was the last date given to the franchises to make their lists of retained and released players official. McCullum and Anderson took to Twitter to thank RCB for the wonderful association. “Thanks to the skipper @imVkohli and all the team @RCBTweets for an enjoyable time in last seasons @IPL. All the best for the season ahead fellas,” wrote McCullum, who remains to be one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket.
RCB thanked McCullum with a heartwarming message that read, “Lent invaluable experience to the younger guys and we know how much everyone in the squad looked up to you! The Chinnaswamy faithful were fortunate to have got a glimpse of your explosive batting #PlayBold forever, Baz.” Before being roped in by RCB, McCullum was a part of MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.
“Thanks to everyone @RCBTweets had a fantastic time during the last @IPL at such a great Franchise! Good luck to all for the upcoming season!” wrote Anderson.
RCB responded to Anderson’s tweet as they wrote, “Thank you for putting your hand up during testing times and pressure situations! Will always remember that spirit, Coza #PlayBold, forever.”
While RCB bought Anderson for his base price of Rs 2 crore, McCullum went to RCB for Rs 3.6 crores. The RCB management also let go of two players in Quinton de Kock and Chris Woakes. Mandeep Singh was also traded for Marcus Stoinis from Kings XI Punjab.