Daniel Vettori believes that Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) could not retain their top players because Ben Stokes and KL Rahul don't want to play for them.

Daniel Vettori believes that Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) could not retain their top players because Ben Stokes and KL Rahul don’t want to play for them.

He was speaking on the retention of eight franchises. While Punjab Kings didn’t retain KL Rahul, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer departed from Rajasthan Royals.

Daniel Vettori said RR wanted Stokes back, but the all-rounder might have preferred to go into the auction.

“For franchises like Rajasthan and Kings who have been underperforming and perennially out of the playoffs, players don’t always want to come back. They want to explore the opportunities and potentially go to a winning franchise. So someone like Stokes could be that sort of player who may have been in Rajasthan’s plans but might have wanted a fresh challenge, a new scenery and a chance to go to a team that has done well in the past.”

He further added that fitness and workload issues could have played a part in the case of Stokes and Archer.

“That could be one scenario. The other factor is just his injury and workload concerns and that he and Archer play so much cricket, how are they going to be available for full seasons and we have seen in the past that they haven’t been so I am sure that those things play a part.”

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