As many as 71 players were released by the various IPL franchises as the deadline to retentions and trades came to an end on Friday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore topped the charts when it came to letting players go with the Bengaluru franchise releasing 12 players. The Virat Kohli-led team have let go of their entire overseas contingent barring South Africa ace AB de Villiers and England all-rounder Moeen Ali.
Some of the biggest names to be let go by their respective franchises were Kolkata Knight Riders’ Chris Lynn, Delhi Capitals’ Chris Morris and Rajasthan Royals’ Jaydev Unadkat.
Unadkat was the joint-most expensive pick in the IPL 2018 actions along with mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy who went the way of Kings XI Punjab. Both the players have now been released by the two franchises following their below-par displays in the IPL edition held earlier this year.
Kings XI also let go of England all-rounder Sam Curran and Australia seamer Andrew Tye. Curran was purchased for a hefty sum in the 2018 auction after the Englishman put in some impressive displays in his side’s 4-1 Test series win over India. Meanwhile, Tye has recently sustained a long-term injury.
🚨ALERT🚨: VIVO IPL 2020 Player Contract extensions announced. 127 players, including 35 overseas cricketers retained by the 8 franchises. #IPLAuction to be held on 19th December in Kolkata.— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) November 15, 2019
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Sunrisers Hyderabad have released the least number (five) of players while Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have let go of 11 players each.
PLAYERS RELEASED BY IPL FRANCHISES
Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Piyush Chawla, Joe Denly, Yarra Prithviraj, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly, Shrikant Mundhe and Carlos Brathwaite.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetymer, Akshdeep Nath, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Prayas Ray Barman, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Himmat Singh, Heinrich Klaasen, Chama Milind, Dale Steyn.
Mumbai Indians: Evin Lewis, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Beuran Hendricks, Ben Cutting, Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Markande (Traded out), Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Pankaj Jaswal, Siddhesh Lad (Traded out), Alzarri Joseph.
Chennai Super Kings: Sam Billings, David Willey, Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Chaitanya Bishnoi.
Rajasthan Royals: Ashton Turner, Oshane Thomas, Shubham Ranjane, Prashant Chopra, Ish Sodhi, Aryaman Birla, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Liam Livingstone, Sudheshan Midhun.
Delhi Capitals: Chris Morris, Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Colin Munro, Bandaru Ayyappa, Manjot Kalra, Jalaj Saxena, Nathu Singh.
Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Moises Henriques, Sam Curran, Andrew Tye, Varun Chakravarthy, Prabhsimran Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shakib al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Deepak Hooda and Ricky Bhui.
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