16 Nov 2018

McCullum and Anderson dropped by IPL team

10:44 am on 16 November 2018

The former New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum and all rounder Corey Anderson have been released by the Indian Premier League side the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

McCullum and Anderson are among nine players released by Bangalore before the IPL auction.

Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum Photo: 2017 CPL T20

Among the 14 players that have been retained by the club are Colin de Grandhomme and Tim Southee.

McCullum also parted ways with the Pakistan T20 side Lahore Qalanders a few weeks ago.

He's been playing in the IPL for ten years.

Royal Challengers Bangalore also sacked coach Daniel Vettori in September.

Bangalore finished sixth this year.

However disgraced Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner will return to the IPL after they were retained by their respective franchises.

The duo were omitted from this year's IPL after the ball-tampering incident in Australia's Cape Town Test in March, which resulted in them being suspended by Cricket Australia for 12 months.

Smith has been retained by Rajasthan Royals while Warner will be back playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The bans of Smith and Warner end on March 29th, a week after the IP begins.