The Indian T20 League franchises have released their retention lists. BCCI had given the November 30 deadline for the franchises to submit the list. The maximum number of players the franchise can retain was set at 4, with a maximum of two overseas players. Mumbai have backed their star players Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard. The likes of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Trent Boult have been released.
Chennai have retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali. Names of Dhoni, Jadeja and Gaikwad are not surprising. However, Ali over Faf du Plessis have surprised a few.
Hyderabad have dropped David Warner and have backed Kane Williamson, Umran Malik and Abdul Samad. Malik and Samad showed a lot of promise in the last season. While Malik can bowl at express pace, Samad had shown his hitting prowess. Not much need to be said about Williamson, who was certain to be retained.
Punjab have retained Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh and have released KL Rahul. Rahul's omission is a surprise call but this could well be because of the fact that Rahul was interesting in playing for another franchise.
Bangalore have retained Virat Kohli, Glen Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj, while have released Yuzvendra Chahal and Devdutt Padikkal among the senior players.
Rajasthan have backed Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Buttler over Stokes and Archer have raised several eyebrows. However, it was not certain that the Englishmen will play the next season.
Delhi retained Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Anrich Nortje and Axar Patel. Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada have been released.
Kolkata have retained Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy and Venkatesh Iyer. Interestingly, Morgan has been let go of.
Here’s the team-wise list of retained and released players
Chennai Super Kings
Retained Players: Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 16 crore), MS Dhoni (Rs 12 crore), Moeen Ali (Rs 8 crore), Ruturak Gaikwad (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hari Nishanth, Dwayne Bravo, Bhagath Varma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Robin Uthappa, N Jagadeesan, Deepak Chahar, Harishankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, R Sai Kishore, Shardul Thakur, Jason Behrendorff, Josh Hazlewood, Dominic Drakes
Purse Remaining: 48 crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Retained Players: Virat Kohli (Rs 15 crore), Glenn Maxwell (Rs 11 crore), Mohammed Siraj (Rs 7 crore)
Released Players: Devdutt Padikkal, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Pavan Deshpande, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, AB de Villiers (retired), KS Bharat, Mohammed Azharudeen, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, George Garton, Akash Deep
Purse Remaining: INR 57 crore
Retained Players: Rohit Sharma (Rs 16 crore), Jasprit Bumrah (Rs 12 crore), Suryakumar Yadav (Rs 8 crore), Kieron Pollard (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Piyush Chawla, Roosh Kalaria, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Jayan Yadav, Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult
Purse Remaining: INR 48 crore
Retained Players: Kane Williamson (Rs 14 crore), Abdul Samad (Rs 4 crore), Umran Malik Rs (4 crore)
Released Players: David Warner, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Jason Roy, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Sherfane Rutherford, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, J Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
Purse Remaining: INR 68 crore
Retained Players: Sanju Samson (Rs 14 crore), Jos Buttler (Rs 10 crore), Yashasvi Jaiswal (Rs 4 crore)
Released Players: Liam Livingstone, Manan Vohra, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Evin Lewis, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Anuj Rawat, Glenn Phillips, Akash Singh, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, KC Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Oshane Thomas, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
Purse Remaining: INR 62 crore
Kolkata Knight Riders
Retained Players: Andre Russell (Rs 12 crore), Varun Chakaravarthy (Rs 8 crore), Venkatesh Iyer (Rs 8 crore), Sunil Narine (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shivam Mavi, Dinesh Karthik, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora
Purse Remaining: INR 48 crore
Retained Players: Rishabh Pant (Rs 16 crore), Axar Patel (Rs 9 crore), Prithvi Shaw (Rs 7.5 crore), Anrich Nortje (Rs 6.5 crore)
Released Players: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ripal Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Vishnu Vinod, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Lukman Meriwala, Praveen Dubey, Umesh Yadav, Ben Dwarshuis, Kulwant Khejroliya
Purse Remaining: INR 47.5 crore
Retained Players: Mayank Agarwal (Rs 12 crore), Arshdeep Singh (Rs 4 crore)
Released Players: Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Shahrukh Khan, Saurabh Kumar, KL Rahul, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Nathan Ellis, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith
Purse Remaining: INR 72 crore