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‘I said to him this may come back and bite us’ – Kane Richardson reveals probable reason behind going unsold in mega auction

By BetBarter Staff

February 16, 2022

The ITL mega auction has given all the ten teams their full squads of players. There were some unexpected buys and some expected unsold players in the auction room. Australia, with the most number of overseas players on the list, also had some of these bids.

While players like David Warner and Mitchell Marsh got the bids, many other Australians did not get any offers. Australia’s white-ball captain Aaron Finch and Steve Smith saw no bids at all. Similarly, players like Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson also had no teams interested in buying them.

Richardson was a part of the Bangalore team last season but withdrew his name from the competition mid-way due to the rising Covid situation. Adam Zampa was another player from Bangalore who found himself in the same situation. The pacer has now opened up as to what he thinks could be the reason these two going unsold.

As quoted by ESPNcricinfo, he said, “I was definitely more shocked for him (Zampa). To be brutally honest, when we left last year, in the circumstances early, I remember having a conversation with him. I said to him, look, this may come back and bite us, and at that time it wasn’t a priority for us to be there. We wanted to get back to Australia.”

“So I think there’d be some kind of buyers that’d be pretty wary of picking us up thinking that we wouldn’t come again. I definitely think that’s a factor. I’m just speaking on what I think would be a factor in it. I don’t know. I’ve never had a dialogue with a franchise or a person that says that’s what would be the case. But I think I didn’t go the year before as well with the birth of my boy,” he added.

He further added that he tries to play as much cricket as possible on a regular basis, but the situation during the tournament last season demanded him to leave, he concluded.