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Quinton de Kock (IANS Photo)

Mumbai Indians have bought wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock in Indian Premier League’s first trade-off ahead of the auction which is set to be held in mid-December.

De Kock was bought by the three-time IPL champions for Rs 2.8 crore – the same amount RCB spent on securing the services of the South Africa cricketer at the 2018 auction. MI have released Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman and Sri Lanka offspinner Akila Dananjaya.

De Kock played eight matches during IPL 2018 and scored 201 runs at a strike-rate of 124.07. Previously, he was associated with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils.

Across five seasons, De Kock has played 34 matches, scored 927 runs with one century and six half-centuries. He becomes the third wicketkeeper after Ishan Kishan and Aditya Tare in MI squad.

As per a report in ESPNCricinfo, the eight IPL franchisees will have to retain or release players by November 15. They will have a purse of Rs 3 crore apart from the amount left after the 2018 auction.

The report further claimed that the IPL 2019 auction will likely be held in Goa on December 16.