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‘Adding to the salty list of retired cricketers’ – RCB fans outraged after Parthiv Patel’s tweet

Parthiv Patel RCB
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Parthiv Patel’s tweet after he was named in the released players’ list by Royal Challengers Bangalore post the IPL retentions did not go down well with the fans.

The IPL franchises announced a list of retained and released players on Wednesday, kickstarting the journey towards the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League.

Like every other franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore put out their list of retained players and had Parthiv, who had announced his decision to retire from all formats of the game last month, in the list of released players.

It apparently did not go down well with the former Indian wicketkeeper batsman. He tweeted that it was “an absolute honour to be released after being retired”, tagging the RCB Twitter handle too, in what seemed like a dig at the franchise. Parthiv had, in fact, been signed up by Mumbai Indians, for whom he featured in two of their five title wins (in 2015 and 2017), as a talent scout a day after his retirement announcement.

“Parthiv brings a vast domestic and international cricketing experience spanning over two decades, along with an understanding of the fast-paced IPL competition,” the MI statement had read at the time.

Parthiv’s tweet did not go down well with a section of fans who questioned his comment. given that even Shane Watson and Lasith Malinga, who were similarly placed after their respective retirements, were named in the released players’ list by Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians respectively.

On their part, the RCB website had put out in their statement that Parthiv’s omission was owing to his retirement. “Parthiv Patel, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket is the other obvious emission from the squad.”

They also put out a tweet thanking Parthiv for his contributions to the team.

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