With the Indian Premier League gearing up for another auction ahead of the 2020 edition, the eight teams have released the list of players released into the auction.
As is usually the trend, the teams well-placed with their squad chose to retain the bulk of their players. The two finalists from 2019 season (Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians) and the ever-consistent Sunrisers Hyderabad have the fewest slots remaining to fill in their squads. Struggling teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders are looking at another revamp. Interestingly, Delhi Capitals have opted to rebuild their squad as well despite ending their wait to enter the playoffs last season.
The headline-makers from the released list are three big-money buys: Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders), Jaydev Unadkat (Rajasthan Royals) and Varun Chakravarthy (Kings XI Punjab), the three-most expensive buys at the last two IPL auctions, were let go by their respective teams.
David Miller (KXIP) and Robin Utthappa (KKR) are two players with long term associations coming to an end as well.
The IPL retention window came to a close, with the auction to be held on December 19, 2020.
If you are looking for the complete of trades between teams before the window closed, here’s that list.
Purse details for IPL 2020 auction
|Team||Purse remaining||Total slots available (Overseas slots)|
|Chennai Super Kings||Rs 14.60 crores||5 (2)|
|Delhi Capitals||Rs 27.85 crores||11 (5)|
|Kings XI Punjab||Rs 42.70 crores||9 (4)|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Rs 35.65 crores||11 (4)|
|Mumbai Indians||Rs 13.05 crores||7 (2)|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Rs 27.90 crores||12 (6)|
|Rajasthan Royals||Rs 28.90 crores||11 (4)|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||Rs 17.00 crores||7 (2)|
Here is the list of players released by different franchises.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Players released (12): Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetymer, Akshdeep Nath, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Prayas Ray Barman, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Himmat Singh, Heinrich Klaasen, Milind Kumar (and Dale Steyn, who was mid-season replacement)
Squad: Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini
Players released (11): Ashton Turner, Oshane Thomas, Shubham Ranjane, Prashant Chopra, Ish Sodhi, Aryaman Birla, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Liam Livingstone, and Sudheshan Midhun
Squad: Steve Smith (confirmed as captain), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Mahipal Lomror, Varun Aaron, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande (trade), Rahul Tewatia (trade), Ankit Rajpoot (trade)
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Players released (10): Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Joe Denly, Yarra Prithviraj, Nikhik Naik, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Anrich Nortje
Squad: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Siddhesh Lad (trade), Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh
Players released (9): Chris Morris, Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Bandaru Ayyappa, Jalaj Saxena, Nathu Singh, Manjot Kalra, and Colin Munro.
Squad: Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin (trade), Ajinkya Rahane (trade)
Chennai Super Kings:
Players released (6): Mohit Sharma, Sam Billings, David Willey, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn and Chaitanya Bishnoi.
Squad: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, M Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Lungi Ngidi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif.
Players released (9): Yuvraj Singh, Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Bueran Hendricks and Pankaj Jaiswal.
Squad: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Quinton de Kock, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmoolpreet Singh, Trent Boult (trade), Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni (trade), Aditya Tare, Sherfane Rutherford (trade), Jayant Yadav.
Kings XI Punjab
Players released (7): David Miller, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Agnivesh Ayachi, Moises Henriques, Prabsimran Singh and Varun Chakravarthy.
Squad: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, K Gowtham (trade), Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith (trade), Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande
Players released (5): Shakib Al Hasan (suspended from cricket), Deepak Hooda, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui and Yusuf Pathan
Squad: Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shahbaz Nadeem, Billy Stanlake, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan.
(This is an updated version of the article with changes made as per the official list of players released)