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Brendon McCullum axed by IPL side after 2018 shocker

Former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum was a high profile casualty of the Indian Premier League's trade window ahead of the 2019 edition of the tournament, released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

As the eight Indian sides finalised their released and retained lists going into the 2019 player auction, McCullum was among a number of high profile stars whose contracts were terminated.

The 37-year old former Black Caps captain endured a lean spell in the 2018 IPL, playing just six matches, scoring 127 runs at an average of 21.16, with a high score of 43.

Joining McCullum on the released list, is all-rounder Corey Anderson, also let go by Bangalore after a disastrous 2018 season, in which he scored just 17 runs and took just three wickets at an average of 38.33.

Other notable players released include the Australian group of Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, England's Jason Roy and Alex Hales, and South Africa's JP Duminy.

However, that doesn't mean there will be no Kiwi representation in the 2019 tournament, with nine Black Caps retained by their respective sides.

McCullum and Anderson will have a chance to be picked up by other teams at the 2019 player auctions on March 23 next year.

Released Black Caps: Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson.

Retained Black Caps: Tim Southee (Bangalore), Colin de Grandhomme (Banglaore), Mitchell McClenaghan (Mumbai), Adam Milne (Mumbai), Trent Boult (Delhi), Colin Munro (Delhi), Kane Williamson (Hyderabad), Mitchell Santner (Chennai), Ish Sodhi (Rajasthan)

Brendon McCullum attempting a dive near the boundary, injuring his back in the process.
Brendon McCullum attempting a dive near the boundary, injuring his back in the process. Source: Getty