Buttler, Archer, Livingstone, and Jaiswal are the frontrunners for the remaining three slots
Ben Stokes (INR 12.5 crore), Archer (INR 7.2 crore) and Buttler (INR 4.4 crore) also cost the Royals big money but they’ve made a big impact. Archer even won Player of the Tournament in 2020 but had to sit this year out due to injury. The Royals management is keen to hold onto their star fast bowler, however, his fitness has become a point of debate.
Buttler is expected to sign off on the retention soon but Stokes’ position is unclear. Although the talismanic allrounder took a break from cricket in 2021, and has only just returned to training, the key question concerning him is money and whether the franchise will have enough of it to make an offer.
Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo