Delhi Capitals assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has said that his team would like to build a proper ‘bench strength’ ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League season in the ‘Mini’ auction (IPL 2021 Auction) on Thursday.
The Delhi Capitals team was runners-up in the previous leg and would like to do better this year with a good ‘bench strength’ which had led them to trouble at the end of the tournament last season.
Kaif said, ‘We have released some players so we will try to fill those places. I think it will be important not to be stubborn in the auction. A lot can be planned for the auction but things can change by sitting at the auction table. He said, ‘We have to take decisions immediately. Our main players are playing continuously and there is no fitness related problem. So we would like to have some ‘back-up’ players in tomorrow’s auction. ‘
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Regarding the current team, another assistant coach Praveen Amre said, ‘To be honest, if we are asked to play tomorrow then we have the final XI ready to play. So I think it will be a successful plan and we have learned the same from other teams. Delhi Capitals (Rs 13.40 crore) require eight players.
A total of 292 players have been shortlisted for the auction, of which 164 are Indians and 125 foreigners. There will also be three associate players in the auction. The eight franchise teams have 61 places to fill, of which Royal Challengers Bangalore have the maximum number of 11 players to choose from.