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Just five West Indians retained ahead of IPL 2019 draft

By November 29, 2018
Sunil Narine Sunil Narine

Five West Indians have been retained to their various teams for the Indian Premier League’s 2019 season. 

Chris Gayle, who it was largely speculated might be in his last season in 2018, was retained by the King’s XI Punjab, while the Kolkata Knight Riders have kept faith with Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.

The badly out of form Evin Lewis is a talented and dangerous opening batsman and the Mumbai Indians are keeping faith with him, as well as veteran allrounder Kieron Pollard.

Gayle has been retained for a little under US$160,000, but Andre Russell has continued to fetch a high price after being retained for more than US$650,000.

Sunil Narine has been retained with an even bigger salary, the mystery spinner attracting just under US$1 million.

Evin Lewis’ Indians contract is just under US$350,000, while Pollard will earn nicely, keeping his place with the Indians for just over US$425,000.

Though well on the way to turning out for England rather than the Windies, Barbados paceman Jofra Archer, raises the bar for retaining West Indian players, earning more than US$half a million for his service to the Rajasthan Royals.

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