Saturday, 24 December 2016

IPL 2017: Full list of players released and retained by all 8 franchises

Kevin Pietersen, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir and Mitchell Johnson were some of the big names released by their Indian Premier League franchises.

A total of 63 players were released while 140 players including 44 overseas players were retained by the franchises for the 2017 edition.

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will go into the players’ auction with the biggest purse among all the franchises, after they on Monday announced the list of cricketers retained for next year’s tournament.

In a media advisory on Monday (December 19), the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the names of players retained and released by the 8 teams.

"The window for the franchises to retain players for the VIVO Indian Premier League 2017 season closed on December 15, 2016," BCCI said today

Among all 8 teams, Punjab have the maximum purse of Rs 23.35 crore for the auction. Their current squad strength is 18.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore, who are one of the biggest teams in the IPL, have decided to retain 20 players including Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. Such kind of retention does not come as a major surprise as they were their major stars in IPL 2016.

The Mumbai Indians have also retained 20 players, out of which six of them are foreign players including Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard among others. The Sunrisers Hyderabad, who won the ninth edition of the IPL, have kept back 17 of their players, and they will look to come up with some solid cricket to retain their title.

The two new teams of IPL 2016, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions, have decided to keep 16 players each from their debut season team. Kings XI Punjab have retained 19 players, while Delhi Daredevils have held back 18.

One can expect Kolkata Knight Riders to be very active during the IPL 2017 auctions as they have retained the minimum number of players (14).

The 10th season of the IPL is expected to begin around April, but before that it is the auction scheduled in February, where a large number of players will go under the hammer, which will gather immense interest. All the teams come for the auction well prepared, and one can expect a bidding war in February for some major players and youngsters, who have been making a name for themselves.

IPL 2017: Full list of players released and retainedby all 8 franchises

1. Delhi Daredevils

Players released 7 (three overseas)

Players retained 18 (five overseas)

Purse spent INR 445,000,000

Purse remaining INR 215,000,000

At a glance At the 2016 player auction Delhi Daredevils had bought Pawan Negi, who was uncapped for India at the time, for INR 85,000,000; he was the most expensive Indian player. Negi has been released ahead of the 2017 auction, having made only 57 runs and taken one wicket in eight matches last season. Delhi have otherwise retained the bulk of their young squad that finished sixth in 2016 under the mentoring of former India captain Rahul Dravid.

2. Gujarat Lions

Players released 8 (one overseas)

Players retained 16 (six overseas)

Purse spent INR 516,500, 000

Purse remaining INR 143,500,000

At a glance Dale Steyn suffered a shoulder injury during South Africa's tour of Australia in November and was cut from the Gujarat squad; he played only one game for them last season. Gujarat retained the core of their squad -and most of their overseas players - after finishing top of the league stage in 2016. They released seven Indian players though, so their local contingent will need beefing up.

3. Kolkata Knight Riders

Players released 9 (six overseas)

Players retained 14 (four overseas)

Purse spent INR 462,500,000

Purse remaining INR 197,500,000

At a glance Kolkata Knight Riders released six out of the ten overseas players in their squad and will need reinforcements. Chris Lynn was retained despite playing only two games last season, while Morne Morkel was let go despite being picked for ten. Morkel has had injury trouble for a while and is presently out of action for South Africa. KKR have released a lot of overseas seamers and might look to make a purchase to fill that gap.

4. Rising Pune Supergiants 

Players released 11 (six overseas)

Players retained 16 (five overseas)

Purse spent INR 469,000,000

Purse remaining INR 191,000,000

At a glance Rising Pune Supergaints released the most players among all the IPL franchises ahead of the 2017 auction after finishing second from bottom last season. They offloaded a lot of their seamers and overseas players and will need to replenish those stocks. Kevin Pietersen, their most high-profile player to get the axe, had played only four games in the 2016 season before he was ruled out with an injury.

5. Mumbai Indians

Players released 8 (four overseas)

Players retained 20 (six overseas)

Purse spent INR 544,450,000

Purse remaining INR 115,550,000

At a glance Mumbai - and RCB - retained the most players ahead of the 2017 player auction despite finishing outside the top four in IPL 2016 for the first time since the 2009 season. They cut two big hitters from New Zealand: Corey Anderson did not play a game for them last season because of fitness issues, while Martin Guptill had been brought in as a replacement player.

6. Kings XI Punjab

Players released 4 (three overseas)

Players retained 19 (five overseas)

Purse spent INR 426,500,000

Purse remaining INR 233,500,000

At a glance Despite winning only four out of 14 games and finishing bottom of the league in 2016, Kings XI released only four players - the fewest among all the teams - and retained 19. David Miller was still listed as their top contract - INR 125,000,000 - despite making 161 runs in 13 innings last season. So unless they make significant purchases in the 2017 auction, the largely same squad will be charged with the task of a better finish.

7. Royal Challengers Bangalore

Players released 10 (three overseas)

Players retained 20 (eight overseas)

Purse spent INR 531,750,000

Purse remaining INR 128,250,000

At a glance RCB released 10 players ahead of the 2017 auction, but they still have 20 on their roster. The core remains the same, and of the players released only Varun Aaron was a regular in their XI in the 2016 season, when they lost the final to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

8. Sunrisers Hyderabad

Players released 6 (two overseas)

Players retained 17 (five overseas)

Purse spent INR 451,000,000

Purse remaining INR 209,000,000

At a glance Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL in 2016 and the core of their squad remained unchanged for 2017. They released Eoin Morgan - 123 runs at a strike rate of 117 - and Trent Boult, who played only one game last season.

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Dale Steyn to miss IPL 2017

After injuring his right shoulder during the first Test against Australia in November, South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn will not be able to take part in next year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Steyn said he is likely to return only in June 2017 having undergone shoulder surgery last month. With the IPL set to be played in April and May, that all but rules the Proteas star out of the franchise-based T20 league.

Steyn had a successful surgery in Cape Town but has been ruled out for much of the action early next year. "The first two to three months is just the healing phase, so by the end of February I will start to be able to do things like light bowling, start swimming and all that kind of stuff," Steyn said.

It was the same shoulder where he suffered a less severe hairline fracture less than 12 months back. He had regretted rushing back from it. This time though, he's not taking any chances and he's also looking forward to the prospect of a break.

"It's actually really cool. I haven't had a long break like this in a good few years and every season I go into it with something wrong, whether it be a little hammie or whatever. It will be nice to go into a season, starting in June, and confidently know that I am really strong and in a good place," Steyn said.

With the ICC Champions Trophy beginning on June 1, it’ll be interesting to see if Steyn makes himself available for the tournament as the Proteas aim to win their first ICC tournament since 1998.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Mumbai Indians collaborate with Diesel for off-field merchandise

Indian Premier League Franchise Mumbai Indians has collaborated with the pioneer of denims, Diesel to launch off-field merchandise for the truly global cricket fans.

This is for the first such global partnership between an IPL team and a globally admired brand. The two iconic brands have come together to create an exclusive range of off-field merchandise consisting of denims, polos, t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, shirts and accessories such as suspenders and caps.

The limited edition Diesel-Mumbai Indians collection was officially launched today by Mrs. Nita Ambani, Owner, Mumbai Indians, Mr. Renzo Rosso, Founder, Diesel along with Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma in Mumbai.

Mrs. Nita Ambani termed the partnership with Diesel as a 'mark of the growing global stature of the brand Mumbai Indians' - the winner of two IPL championship and two Champions League T20.

"It's a momentous step for Mumbai Indians to be recognized as the most preferred global brand partner, becoming the first sports team from India to have such a partnership with global reach to cater to our growing global fans. The stylish cricket collection truly reflects the dynamism and innovative spirit of the Mumbai Indians, said Mrs Nita Ambani.

"Mumbai Indians with its strong brand values and both on and off field performance has won hearts of millions of patrons" in India and world over. We are very excited to present the 'MI Collector's Edition' to the cricket fans."

Renzo Rosso, Founder, Diesel said, "Diesel and Mumbai Indians are two iconic brands, similar in spirit, with global resonance, and we are teaming up around a shared dream of pride, passion and bravery. We want to make this collaboration unique, fueled with innovation and modernity."

Diesel has globally forged strong ties with Sports which has great synergies with its DNA based on passion, bravery and adventure. The brand was recently announced as the official style partner of another iconic club in the world of sport, the legendary Italian football club AC Milan.

The limited edition collection is launched exclusively for the Indian market and will be available from Thursday at Diesel stores in India and on its portal.

For the global market, the collection will be available at select Diesel stores across major cricketing nations such as England, Australia and South Africa from December 15.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Wasim Akram to miss IPL 2017 with Kolkata Knight Riders

Pakistan bowling legend Wasim Akram,who has served as the bowling coach and mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders, has mentioned that he won't be a part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 due to "professional commitments and time constraints", the franchise announced on Saturday (December 10). The former Pakistan pacer was with the side for the last seven seasons and saw them with two titles - in 2012 and 2014 - during this period.

However, there hasn't been any update on if the 'Sultan of Swing' will make his return for the Indian cricket side, co-owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan (SRK).

Also Read:- IPL 2017 edition in real danger: BCCI

Akram, who was instrumental in forging one of the finest bowling line-ups in IPL, said he will miss being a part of KKR's set-up next year. "I have loved the camaraderie in KKR team and have enjoyed every opportunity to mentor the highly talented team over the years. I am surely going to miss being part of the dressing room but I wish the team continued success."

Venky Mysore, KKR's MD and CEO added, "We will miss Wasim bhai who has been part of the KKR family over the last few years and has played a significant role in our title triumphs in 2012 and 2014. We wish him the very best in  all his endeavours."

Also Read:- IPL 2017 set to start on April 5, final on May 21

Akram was, until now, the only Pakistani personality in the Indian Premier League, which has barred the participation of Pakistan cricketers 2012 onwards. After the Mumbai attacks 26/11 in 2008, there was an initial ban on Pakistani cricketers to play in the IPL. In 2010, however, they were a part of the auction but none of the franchises made a bid for them.

During its inaugural IPL season in 2008, organised by Lalit Modi, there were 11 Pakistani players playing in the IPL including Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar and Sohail Tanvir, who was the leading wicket taker in the 2008 edition.

Also Read:- IPL Auction 2017 to be held in February at Bengaluru

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore has ruled out that there has been any pressure behind Akram's decision to not be a part of IPL 2017, according to Hindustan Times. However, there is still no word on whether Akram will be back for IPL 2018.