Reigning Indian Premier League champions Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday announced that it has retained 22 players for the 2019 season, releasing only three members from the title-winning squad.
CSK, which returned to the IPL after serving a two-year suspension, won the 2018 tournament after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final. England pacer Mark Wood and uncapped Indian players Kanishk Seth and Kshitiz Sharma have been released.
Franchises were required to inform the IPL Governing Council by November 15 about their retention and release of players for the 2019 player auction to be held next month. England all-rounder David Willey, who was picked as a replacement for the injured all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has been retained.
Jadhav, who sustained an injury in the opening match and missed the rest of the tournament, also remains in the squad. Wood featured only in one match while Sharma and Seth didn’t feature in any game.
CSK had retained skipper MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja prior to the 2018 auction and also used the Right to Match card for Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis.
The team didn’t seek a replacement for New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner, who was injured. CSK sources have stated that he will be retained. CSK has a purse of Rs 8.5 crore (Rs 6.5 crore left from the last season and an additional Rs 2 crore made available to the players this season) heading into the auction.