Bangalore keen to retain foreign players
Royal Challengers Bangalore have expressed their desire to retain Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor and Cameron White for the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa in September. The home teams of the three players - Warriors, Central Districts and Victoria respectively - have also qualified for the tournament, and Bangalore will now have to pay those teams US$200,000 each according to the tournament's rules to keep the players.
Bangalore had reportedly been reluctant to retain the three players but the unavailability of England batsmen Eoin Morgan and Kevin Pietersen prompted a change of mind. "At that time, we didn't realize we would be without [Kevin] Pietersen and [Eoin] Morgan. But when we saw that they would be unavailable, as they would be playing for England against Pakistan in a ODI series, we changed our minds," Brijesh Patel, the chief executive of the Bangalore franchise, told Times of India. "The idea is to have all three but then we have to see how it goes. We are hoping they all choose to play for us."
Mumbai Indians have picked Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard in their preliminary squad of 20 for the tournament, and should Trinidad and Tobago win the ongoing Caribbean T20 competition, they will be in a similar situation.