IPL 2024: Why Did RCB Release Josh Hazlewood?

Reasons Why RCB Released Josh Hazlewood Ahead of IPL 2024? Tricky Reasons to Be Known

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one such team that always had a heart-breaking season in IPL (Indian Premier League). Ahead of the IPL 2024, RCB released Josh Hazlewood, which stunned many fans for not retaining a core player in their team.

Josh Hazlewood is one such talented bowler who is expertise in handling the new ball in an efficient way. The 32-year-old bowler has contributed a significant portion to his team’s success in the World Cup 2023. Hazlewood played 11 matches of the CWC 2023 tournament and took 16 wickets. Moreover, Hazlewood grabbed two crucial wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja in the 2023 World Cup finals.

The Australian fast bowler was a part of the winning squad for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the year 2021. Even after delivering his impressive performance in that season by grabbing 11 wickets in 9 matches, the star bowler found himself on the list of released players.

Later, he was reserved by the RCB for INR 7.75 crores during the IPL 2022 mega auction. Unfortunately, Josh Hazlewood had to play only 3 matches and took 3 wickets for RCB due to a severe heel injury.

Hazlewood gave a heart-and-soul performance for RCB in the year 2022 by taking 20 wickets in 12 matches. This includes his BBM (Best Bowling in Match) figures of 4-25.

Despite giving the best performance, RCB has always been recognized with the chokers tag.

RCB has been into the IPL finals three times during the years 2009, 2011 and 2016. But, the team has never lifted the IPL trophy. Perhaps, this might be the main reason for RCB being recognized with the chokers’ tag, similar to the fate of the South African team in international cricket.

Since 2015, Hazlewood has been pulled out of the IPL for the most number of times.

RCB Released Josh Hazlewood Ahead of IPL 2024: List of players released along with the Australian bowler

Josh Hazlewood was targeting to play the IPL 2024, which could have been a preparation ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

According to the latest news, Josh Hazlewood isn’t the sole player to be released by RCB ahead of IPL 2024. Moreover, RCB released Josh Hazlewood along with other cricketers ahead of the IPL 2024 as shown below:

S.NoPlayersCountryRole
1. Wanindu HasarangaSri LankaAll-rounder (Spin Bowler)
2.Harshal PatelIndiaMedium Fast bowler
3.Finn AllenNew ZealandBatsman
4.Michael BracewellNew ZealandAll-rounder (Spin Bowler)
5.David WilleyEnglandAll-rounder (Medium fast Bowler)
6.Wayne ParnellSouth AfricaMedium fast Bowler
7.Sonu YadavIndiaMedium fast Bowler
8.Avinash SinghIndiaMedium fast Bowler
9.Siddharth KaulIndiaMedium fast Bowler
10.Kedar JadhavIndiaAll-rounder (Spin Bowler)

To have a high purse amount compared to other franchises, these were the 10 players released along with Hazlewood.

RCB released Josh Hazlewood along with the other 10 players to get a purse value of INR 40.75 crores. The IPL 2024 would be a challenging season for the team led by  Faf du Plessis after RCB released Josh Hazlewood with no other option left. 

Interestingly, Australian-all-rounder Cameron Green was traded from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to Mumbai Indians (MI)

Andy Flower opens upon why RCB released Josh Hazlewood ahead of IPL 2024:

RCB’s head coach Andy Flower finally disclosed the fact about not retaining Josh Hazlewood for the upcoming IPL season.  Andy Flower had to open up after the speculations have been widespread on social media.

The former Zimbabwe cricketer and coach revealed that RCB released Josh Hazlewood due to his non-availability for the first half of the IPL 2024 season.

Hazlewood and his wife are soon expected to have a baby in March 2024. Andy Flower feels that it was a tricky decision for the entire management to not retain Josh Hazlewood along with other players.

The RCB coach expressed that these decisions are really important as they affect cricketers’ careers and take responsibility with seriousness.

The 55-year-old former Zimbabwe cricketer shares that after having a debate for a long time, the final decision was made as RCB released Josh Hazlewood to perform well in the upcoming mini-auction.

Despite the brilliant contribution from Hazlewood for RCB, the team has to give preference for his personal commitments and spend time with his family on an auspicious occasion.

The RCB coach further expressed that the team was interested in buying back David Willey in the auction after releasing him along with other sets of players.

Recently, David Willey announced his retirement from international cricket after playing a crucial role for his team in World Cup 2023.

Andy Flower further stated that after taking 5 wickets for England in the 2023 World Cup, the management was impressed with his performance and would be keen to retain him during the IPL auction.

Concluding Facts about why RCB released Josh Hazlewood ahead of IPL 2024

Hazlewood could have returned for the second half of the season. Probably, retaining the Australian cricketer would impact in blocking of INR 7.75 crores

RCB released Josh Hazlewood along with other players to have a decent amount of purse value ahead of the mini-auction on 19th December 2023.

Based on the above reasons, it becomes evident that RCB released Josh Hazlewood along with the ten other bowlers to prepare a fresh and dominating bowling attack under Andy Flower by retaining these four pace bowlers:

  1. Mohammed Siraj (India)
  2. Vijay Kumar Vysak (India)
  3. Reece Topley (England)
  4. Akash Deep (India)

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