Under their new leader Shreyas Iyer, Kolkata did not perform well in the Indian T20 League 2022. The team did not get the performances they would have expected from their players, which knocked them out of the race to the playoffs early on. The men in purple ended their 2022 campaign in the seventh place in the points table, with six wins in 14 games. Here are the players Kolkata might release ahead of the Indian T20 League 2023.
Aaron Finch was unsold at the mega auction ahead of the season, but he joined the Kolkata team as a replacement for Alex Hales. The Australian white-ball captain had a few opportunities to play during the season, but he did not capitalise on them. He was constantly in and out of the playing XI, which may have hampered his performances. He appeared in five matches for the team, scoring 86 runs at an average of 17.2. Kolkata might not be keen on retaining him next season. Although players who have come in as replacements in the past can be retained, it is highly doubtful if the Kolkata-based franchise would do the same for Finch.
The Kolkata team lacked quality wicket-keepers in the season, which resulted in them constantly changing their team combinations to get the right balance. While Sheldon Jackson had a good time with the gloves, he could not do much with the bat. In five matches this season, he only scored 23 runs at an average of 5.75. The 35-year old has been around with the Kolkata team for a while now, but they might let him go in the next season of the tournament.
Mohammad Nabi is a decent all-rounder in the shortest format of the game. However, Kolkata did not star him in any of the games this season. When the squad made mass changes to their playing XI, he was not considered even then. All the signs suggested that he might be released ahead of the next season. So far, the all-rounder has played 17 matches in the Indian T20 League. In them, he has taken 13 wickets at an economy of 7.14. He can also be effective with the bat, scoring at a high strike rate. However, he is on the wrong side of his 30s.