IPL news December 19, 2016

List of players released and retained by IPL teams ahead of the 2017 auction

ESPNcricinfo staff
Kevin Pietersen and Pawan Negi were among the high profile players released by the IPL franchises during the transfer window that ended on December 15

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • amindh6043107 on February 7, 2017, 8:04 GMT

    So is malinga expected to be fit then?

  • Babar on February 6, 2017, 16:40 GMT

    I see alot of comments about Mohammad Nabi (AFG) being picked on a high note.

  • anjani on January 17, 2017, 6:42 GMT

    vijay vohra amla saha max Miller stoinics axar sandip shardul mohit any all-rounder.indian

  • anjani on January 17, 2017, 6:36 GMT

    rahane khwaja SPD faf MsD baba rajat ashwin zampa dinda chahar

  • cricfan31299557 on December 29, 2016, 6:16 GMT

    SRH ..playing Xl should be... Warner , dhawan, hooda/unmukt/pant/Tare, yuvraj, Munro/KP/ Corey , Ben cutting , pant/ojha/ tare ,parvez Rasool/ bipul , sran/nehra /Irfan Pathan , bhuvi , mustafizz

  • cricfan31299557 on December 29, 2016, 6:10 GMT

    SRH should buy KP or Munro foreign batsmen .Unmukt Chand and pant .nabi or mahmadulla .parvez Rasool or Imran tahir and retain Ashish reddy

  • nishan5862429 on December 26, 2016, 7:09 GMT

    Punjab should buy Boult to replace Johnson , Negi for Rishi Dhawan , Ishant Sharma or Irfan Pathan for Kyle Abbott , Mohammad Nabi as genuine all-rounder and Corey Anderson for hard hitting even Kevin Peterson would add depth to squad ! Remember we have the highest balance if we do this we will surely be winning this season !

  • RKPG992085099 on December 24, 2016, 15:15 GMT

    Best Kings X11 Team

    Vohra,Amla(C), maxwell, Ashish Reddy, M Nabi, Ashish Reddy, D Miller, Saha, Axar Patel, Curiyappa, Sandeep Sharma, Ishant Sharma In this team Nabi from Agf should be picked for balance as an allrounder and ashish reddy as an hard hitting batsmen and useful seamer when pitch is seamer friendly. Vijay has no place because his strike rate is low. Kings best picks will be Nabi(Afg), ishant Sharma, Ashish reddy.

  •   cricfan42228378 on December 23, 2016, 15:15 GMT

    day by day less interest by overseas players Overseas fans increasing for IPL, so it's not of such level that it was till 2014, and Nabi, KP, Corey, Tamim, rabada, maybe Shahzad and tambe should be big picks

  • deepanshu on December 23, 2016, 12:13 GMT

    in IPL i think best team will be mumbai indians they have rohit,pp butler rana raydu krunal polard bhajji bumrah malinga mitchell

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