The deadline for lodging the retained and released player’s list for all 10 franchises for the Indian T20 League ended on Tuesday. Many big players were released from their franchises, and among these players, one big name was New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson.
Williamson captained the Hyderabad franchise for the last two editions and was released by the Orange Army. The 32-year-old was retained by the Hyderabad franchise for INR 15 Crores ahead of the 2022 mega auctions.
Williamson after being released by the Hyderabad franchise was asked whether it would impact his T20I career or not. So on this, he said that there are various options available. He also said that there are too many T20 leagues around, and being released from an Indian T20 league franchise won’t affect him.
That’s the way it goes: Williamson
“No, not really. There are a lot of competitions around the world, and the Indian T20 League is certainly an amazing competition to be a part of. You see players play for different teams all the time. There are a lot of options, a lot of cricket, so for me, I love playing all formats,” Williamson was quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Williamson said that he was not surprised when the retention list was released as the franchise had communicated the same to him a few days ago. “That’s the way it goes, I had a really enjoyable time at SRH, and I have a lot of fond memories. It wasn’t a surprise when it [retention list] was officially released,” added Williamson.
Notably, the Hyderabad franchise announced Kane as their full-time skipper ahead of the 2022 edition of the cash-rich league, after former Hyderabad skipper David Warner was purchased by the Delhi franchise. Overall, the right-hand batter has served for the Hyderabad franchise for eight seasons, during those eight editions he scored 2021 runs at an average of 36.22 and a strike rate of 126.03. Kane led the Hyderabad team in 46 of the 76 matches he played. Under his reign, SRH’s best finish was runner-up in Indian T20 League 2018.