Kings XI Punjab have opted for a straight trade in IPL 2019's first trading window, by bringing back batsman Mandeep Singh in place of Australia allounder Marcus Stoinis. While the return of Mandeep, who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last season, was confirmed, Stoinis' trade was agreed to by the franchises with the formalities in process.
Mandeep, a regular for Punjab in domestic tournaments, had represented Kings XI from 2011 to 2014 before moving to RCB in 2015. He was bought by RCB again in the 2018 auction, for INR 1.40 crore (approx USD 218,000 then). Stoinis, too, had been lapped up by RCB but Kings XI used the Right-To-Match card and retained him for INR 6.20 crore (USD 970,000 then). Mandeep played 40 T20s for RCB, scoring 597 runs at an average of 22.11 and a strike rate of 128.94. For Kings XI, Mandeep had scored 763 runs in 41 matches at a similar average of 21.19 and a lower strike rate of 120.72. He had also represented Kolkata Knight Riders in 2010 and batted only twice with scores of 4 and 0.
Stoinis had 19 appearances for Kings XI from 2016 to 2018, to score 262 runs at a strike rate of 126 and take 13 wickets with an economy rate of 9.52.
Less than two weeks ago, RCB had let go off South Africa wicketkeeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock in an all-money trade with Mumbai Indians.
The IPL has two main trading windows with the first one starting immediately at the end of the season stretching to a month before the auction and the second one from after the auction till the start of the tournament. Since 2018, the IPL also introduced a mid-tournament window for franchises to trade uncapped players and players who had not played more than two matches.
With the last date for retentions and release being November 15, franchises are busy working out their plans for the new season before they make fresh buys at the auction, which is expected to take place around mid-December. A purse of INR 3 crore will be available for the franchises in addition to the balance left after last year's auction.