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Updated 26-Nov-2023 • Published 26-Nov-2023

IPL 2024 player retentions: All the movements ahead of the auction


  • It's that time of the year again. The ten IPL teams will announce the names of the players they want to retain and the ones they want to release or trade to other teams ahead of the IPL 2024 auction.
  • Get all the latest updates, news, and views right here, on the ESPNcricinfo IPL retention blog.

Purse remaining

CSK -31.4 crore
DC - 28.95 crore
GT - 23.15 crore
KKR - 32.7 crore
LSG - 13.15 crore
MI - 15.25 crore
PBKS - 29.1 crore
RCB - 40.75 crore
RR - 14.5 crore
SRH - 34 crore

RCB release Harshal and Hasaranga

RCB also let Hazlewood go! That creates space for someone like Mitch Starc. RCB can also buy back Hasaranga. Who knows? DK has been retained by the franchise.
New RCB coach Andy Flower says Hazlewood and his partner have a baby due at the end of March, which is the reason he has been released ahead of IPL 2024.
Retained: Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik, Suyash Prabhudessai, Will Jacks, Mahipal Lomror, Karn Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Mayank Dagar (trade), Vyshak Vijaykumar, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Rajan Kumar
Released: Wanindu Hasarangha,Harshal Patel,Josh Hazlewood, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, David Willey, Wayne Parnell,Sonu Yadav, Avinash Singh, Siddharth Kaul, Kedar Jhadav

No room for Archer in MI

No Hardik for MI just yet. Both Archer and Stubbs have been released by MI. Chawla has been retained while Shokeen has been left out by the franchise.
Retained: Rohit Sharma (capt), Dewald Brevis, SKY, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Vishnu Vinod, Arjun Tendulkar, Cam Green, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff, Romario Shepherd (trade)
Released: Arshad Khan, Ramandeep Singh, Hrithik Shokeen, Raghav Goyal, Jofra Archer, Tristan Stubbs, Duan Jansen, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Chris Jordan, Sandeep Warrier

Titans retain Hardik Pandya (for now)

Hardik Pandya headlines GT's retention list. He is being listed as their captain. Nagraj Gollapudi reckons that the trade could still happen later. The trade window is still open. "The Hardik trade can still happen, but it will be a player-player swap," Nagraj Gollapudi says. "There is still room for that. We haven't seen the end of this news yet." WI fast bowler Alzarri Joseph has been released along with Odean Smith and Dasun Shanaka.
Retained: David Miller, Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya (capt), Abhinav Manohar, B Sai Sudharsan, Darshan Nalkande, Vijay Shankar, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, R Sai Kishore, Rashid Khan, Josh Little, Mohit Sharma
Released: Yash Dayal, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Pradeep Sangwan, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Dasun Shanaka

LSG let Unadkat, Sams go

Jaydev Unadkat, Daniel Sams and Manan Vohra are among those released by LSG. Mayers and de Kock have both been retained by the franchise. Mark Wood is also in their retention list.
Players released: Daniel Sams, Karun Nair, Jaydev Unadkat, Manan Vohra, Karan Sharma, Suryansh Shedge, Swapnil Singh, Arpit Guleria
Players traded out : Romario Shepherd, Avesh Khan
Players traded in : Devdutt Padikkal
Players retained: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, K Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kyle Mayers, Marcus Stoinis, Prerak Mankad, Yudhvir Singh, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Mohsin Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Yash Thakur, Amit Mishra, Naveen-ul-Haq
Justin Langer, LSG's new head coach: My friend Ricky Ponting is at Delhi and I also spoke to Kumar Sangakkara and Andy Flower at RCB. It's fun times and it's like a big game of chess. Young Padikkal - we wanted to strengthen our Indian top-order batting. He's a good fielder and a fantastic team man. It's part of our strategy to trade Avesh. Romario Shepherd was also traded. Daniel Sams was a tough one; he has been in fantastic form in franchise cricket around the world.

SRH release Harry Brook

SRH had forked out INR 13.25 crore to snap up Brook in the last auction, but they've now released him after one lean season. Kartik Tyagi, Samarth Vyas, Vivrant Sharma, Akeal Hosein and Adil Rashid have also been released by the franchise. Otherwise, SRH have retained their core. Brook's exit opens up a spot for NZ's Glenn Phillips.
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Retained: Abdul Samad, Aiden Markram, Rahul Tripathi, Glenn Phillips, Heinrich Klaasen, Mayank Agarwal, Anmolpreet Singh, Upendra Yadav, Nitish Reddy, Shahbaz Ahmed (traded from RCB), Abhishek Sharma, Marco Jansen, Washington Sundar, Sanvir Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mayank Markande, Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Fazahaq Farooqi
Released: Harry Brook, Samarth Vyas, Kartik Tyagi, Vivrant Sharma, Akeal Hosein, Adil Rashid

KKR release Thakur and Ferguson

The Knight Riders have opted for another revamp, releasing as many as 12 players, but they've held onto Russell and Narine - who are also Knight Riders in various T20 leagues around the world. Moody reckons Gambhir's return to KKR has something to do with Russell's retention.
Ferguson's release is understandable. He was nursing a hamstring injury during IPL 2023. He is currently nursing an Achilles injury. He played through that Achilles injury during the recent World Cup.
Retained players: Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sunil Narine, Jason Roy. Suyash Sharma, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell,Venkatesh Iyer, Harshit Rana, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy
Released players: Shakib Al Hasan, Litton Das, David Wiese, Arya Desai, N Jagadeesan, Mandeep Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Johnson Charles
Venky Mysore: All of those [retained] are first-XI players. I hope we don't have too much to do when we go to the auction. But interesting players could come in during mini-auctions. So, the coach, captain and our new mentor will put plans together.

PBKS let go of Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mohit Rathee, Baltej Dhanda, Raj Bawa and SRK have all been released by PBKS. They keep Sam Curran.
PBKS CEO Satish Menon speaks to Star Sports: "It was very difficult to decide who to release and who not to. Finally, it came down to a situation where we have to release some players because we have some slots to release."
SRK's departure will free up INR 9 crore for PBKS. Tom Moody reckons SRK will fit into the CSK set-up under Dhoni. SRK, btw, has also been part of the Junior Super Kings, CSK's grassroots program, and in the IPL 2022 auction, CSK raised their bid up to 8.75 crore before PBKS eventually outbid them.

RR let go of Holder and McCoy

Holder and McCoy are Royals in the CPL, but they're now not part of their set-up in the IPL. ICYMI: England batter Joe Root has opted out of IPL 2024. Abdul Basith, Akash Vashisht, Kuldip Yadav, M Ashwin, KC Cariappa and KM Asif are the others players who have been released by RR.
Kumar Sangakkara, Royals' director of cricket: We're releasing a large number of players to free up the capital and space to buy requisite players in the mini-auction. Some of the released players could become RR squad players once again. We're sorry to be releasing them, but it's a necessity for us to release them now.

DC release Rossouw and Powell

Rovman Powell is among the high-profile players released by Capitals. Rilee Rossouw, Chetan Sakariya, Manish Pandey, Phil Salt, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ripal Patel, Sarfaraz Khan, Aman Khan, Priyam Garg are also out. Prithvi Shaw, though, has been retained by DC.
Tom Moody on Powell: I feel for Rovman Powell and he actually played well as a finisher for Capitals in 2022. This season they [DC] didn't know what their overseas combination was. David Warner was consistent at the top and Marsh kept coming and going. Like the Sunrisers, when you have the uncertainty as a player, they never feel like they belong in the XI.

CSK release Ben Stokes

It's official: England allrounder Ben Stokes has been released by CSK. He had opted out of next season of the IPL to manage his workload and fitness. It's now confirmed that the franchise hasn't retained him.
Ambati Rayudu, who had retired from the IPL and Indian cricket after the IPL final earlier this year, Dwaine Pretorius, Kyle Jamieson and Sisanda Magala have also been released by CSK.
K Bhagath Varma, Subhranshu Senapati and Akash Singh, who was picked as a replacement for Mukesh Choudhary, have also been let go by CSK.
CSK have retained Simarjeet Singh though he hasn't played a competitive game since December 2022.

Hardik is set to return to MI

Unless there are some last-minute changes, Hardik Pandya is set to leave Gujarat Titans and return to Mumbai Indians.
ESPNcricinfo has learned the trade is an all-cash deal comprising Mumbai paying INR 15 crore ($1.8 million approx.) as Hardik's salary and an undisclosed transfer fee to Titans. Hardik stands to earn upto 50% of the transfer fee.
In case all the pieces fall in place, it could be the biggest player deal in IPL history.
Nagraj Gollapudi, ESPNcricinfo's senior news editor, who broke the news story, speaks to Star Sports: In a way, Hardik owes his career to them [Mumbai Indians]. From whatever little I heard, Hardik initiated discussions and he wanted to move back. Yes, captaincy would've been and has been part of the discussion. He would've put that as one of the conditions; he wouldn't have been that stern but MI would need a successor for Rohit. I think Rohit still as a player has a strong future. Rohit as a captain is on par with MS Dhoni, but MI need somebody after him. Hardik fits that bill and whether he becomes captain this season or next season, I'm not going to speculate.

IPL 2024 Retentions: Deadline Day

IPL 2024 is about four months away and the auction will be held in Dubai next month, but there's a small matter of who the teams are releasing and retaining, ahead of the auction.
The IPL franchises have till today, that is, November 26 to announce their final list of retentions. The teams have traded a number of players in the last few days while a couple of high-profile names have also opted out of IPL 2024. Over the course of the day, we will get a clearer picture of which players are getting released, traded and retained for next season. For a lot of the players, it is time for a new home, while for a few they will be going into the mini-auction on December 19.