IPL 2022: Sanju Samson was retained by Rajasthan Royals for a salary of 14 crores!

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Rajasthan Royals have retained captain Sanju Samson for the upcoming 2022 season of the Indian Premier League after the Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman agreed on a salary of Rs 14 crore. According to the report, the Royals are also looking to sign Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and Yashasvi Jaiswal.

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The ESPNcricinfo website reported that the 27-year-old will continue as the captain of the Royals franchise. The retention window for all IPL teams will close on November 30. Samson joined the Royals in 2018 for Rs 8 crore. He took over from Steve Smith as the captain of the Royals last season and although he failed to take the team to the IPL 2021 playoffs, he scored 484 runs at a strike rate of 137.

England wicketkeeper Butler is expected to be signed on retention soon, but the status and availability of all-rounder Ben Stokes is still unclear. Stokes took a break from cricket in 2021 and returned to training even before the Ashes in 2021.

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It will be a toss-up between Livingstone and Stokes, who could be the third retention after Samson and Butler. Retaining Jaiswal will cost the Royals only Rs 4 crore as he is still an uncapped player.

According to the rules of IPL, a team can retain a total of four players out of which a maximum of two can be foreign players. 42 crores are spent on this but still, the owner has Rs 48 crores left to spend in the auction. The Royals are expected to seal the last three retentions by November 28.