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
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
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