Steve Smith, Lasith Malinga, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris are among the star players that have been released by their respective franchises ahead of the IPL 2021 auction that will take place in February. Royal Challengers Bangalore released 10 players and on the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders have released only five players.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB released 10 players, including 5 foreigners. The Bangalore side will be without Parthiv Patel who retired from all forms of cricket and Dale Steyn who has made himself unavailable for the tournament. In an all-cash deal, Bangalore have brought in Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel from the Delhi Capital.
Released: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann, Parthiv Patel
Squad: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahamad, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel
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SRH have only released five players from their squad after they had a successful season in 2020 where they finished on the third place. Billy Stanlake and Fabian Allen were the foreigners released alongside the Indian trio of Yarra Prithviraj, Sanjay Yadav and B Sandeep.
Released: Sanjay Yadav, B Sandeep, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Yarra Prithviraj
Squad: David Warner (c), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh
Slots Remaining: 3 (1 overseas)
Delhi Capitals, runner up of the last edition of IPL, released five players which includes three foreigners and two Indians.
Released: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy, Harshal Patel, Daniel Sams
Squad: Shreyas Iyer (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes
Slots Remaining: 8 (3 overseas)
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders have released only five players from their squad, two of which are foreigners. Tom Banton and Chris Green are among the foreigners released alongside the Indian trio of Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik and M Siddharth.
Released: M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Chris Green, Tom Banton
Squad: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Ali Khan, Tim Seifert
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In the headline of the day, Sanju Samson was appointed as captain of Rajasthan Royals after Steve Smith was released by the Royals. Kumar Sangakkara will join the Royals as the Director of Cricket. They have released a total of eight players.
Released: Steve Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Akash Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Anirudha Joshi, Shashank Singh
Squad: Sanju Samson (c), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa
Slots Remaining: 8 (3 overseas)
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab have released two of their big buys from the previous action, Maxwell and Cottrell. James Neesham, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Hardus Viljoen are among other foreign players released alongside four Indians.
Released: Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Hardus Viljoen, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Tajinder Singh.
Squad: KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel
Slots Remaining:9 (5 overseas)
Chennai Super Kings
CSK have released six players from their squad that includes Shane Watson, who retired from all forms of cricket after the IPL in UAE last year. Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla and Murali Vijay are among the Indians released.
Released:Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Monu Singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay
Squad: MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Narayan Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, Sam Curran
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The defending champions have released four of their foreign pacers- Mitchell McCleneghan, James Pattinson, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile. Prince Balwant Rai Singh and Digvijay Deshmukh were the only two Indians released.
Released: Mitchell McCleneghan, James Pattinson, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai Singh
Squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult
Slots Remaining:7 (4 overseas)