Indian Premier League: IPL 2021 Retentions - List of all players released and retained by 8 franchises
CSK releasing Kedar Jadhav and Harbhajan Singh while retaining Suresh Raina, and Sanju Sanson replacing Steve Smith as skipper of Rajasthan Royals are among the big takeaways from the IPL 2021 retentions.
Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali have also been released. Delhi Capitals have traded all-rounders Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel to the Virat Kohli-led RCB. Having released 10 players, Royal Challengers Bangalore has become the franchise to release most players.
Rajasthan Royals have gone for a change in leadership by releasing Steve Smith and appointing Sanju Samson as the captain. They have brought in Kumar Sangakkara as the director of cricket.
The franchises will have an opportunity to make up for the released players in the 2021 IPL auction which will take place in February.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be without some of their big stars in Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali and Isuru Udana after they decided to release 10 players. While Parthiv Patel has retired from all forms of cricket, Dale Steyn earlier announced his decision to skip the league this year.
RCB have traded in all-rounders Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel from Delhi Capitals while releasing Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav and Pawan Negi. Both Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson have been retained.
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 (T), Harshal Patel (T)
Slots Remaining: 11 (3 overseas)
SRH have let go of Billy Stanlake and Fabian Allen to allow themselves some wriggle room.
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)
DC have traded Harshal Patel and Daniel Sams to RCB in an all-cash trade. They have also let go of Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Sharma and Jason Roy. With Alex Carey gone too, Pant is the only keeper in their ranks.
Released: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy, Harshal Patel (T), Daniel Sams (T)
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
KKR have decided to stick with Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell and Kuldeep Yadav while releasing Chris Green and Tom Banton.
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
Slots Remaining: 7 (1 overseas)
Sanju Samson will now lead the Royals, with the franchise releasing Steve Smith. Former Sri Lankan keeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been roped in as the Director of Cricket.
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
KXIP ran out of patience with Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair and Sheldon Cottrell. They have also released Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham and Krishnappa Gowtham.
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 decided to hold on to Chinna Thala Suresh Raina while ending ties with Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla and Murali Vijay.
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
Slots Remaining: 7 (1 overseas)
MI have their core intact but have released most of their overseas bowlers apart from Trent Boult. The five-time champions have retained only three other foreign players in Kieron Pollard, Quinton de Kock and Chris Lynn.
Champion bowler Lasith Malinga has decided to retire from franchise cricket due to COVID-19 troubles.
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)
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