Ahead of the mega auction for Indian T20 League 2022, the eight franchises have released their retention list. The BCCI had allowed the franchise to retain up to four players, with the overseas retentions not exceeding two. With the tight limit on the number of retained players, the franchises had a tough task of holding back the players, given that a few franchises had maintained the same core for a long time.
Mumbai had the most difficult task of retaining just the four players as all their players had done remarkably well over the years. In the end, the team retained skipper Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah. This means that Ishan Kishan, Trent Boult and Hardik Pandya have been let go by the team.
Chennai retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali. Dhoni and Jadeja were certain to be retained. Gaikwad too had a phenomenal season last year which boosted his case. Ali was a surprise pick but given what he can offer, the franchise decided to stay with him.
Hyderabad have made some surprising calls and retained Umran Malik and Abdul Samad along with Kane Williamson. Malik and Samad are seen as players who can form a strong core of the team, while Williamson has been brilliant for them. Meanwhile, as expected, the franchise has let go of David Warner.
Punjab have retained Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh. This confirms the reports that KL Rahul is not interested in playing for the franchise anymore.
Bangalore have retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj. Kohli was certain to be retained, while the franchise has backed Siraj for a long time. Maxwell delivered fine performances in the last season and made a strong case for himself.
Rajasthan have stuck with Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. There is no surprise seeing the franchise retain Samson and Jaiswal. However, preferring Buttler over Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will raise some eyebrows. However, both Stokes and Archer are not certain to play in the next season.
Delhi have retained Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Anrich Nortje and Axar Patel. Interestingly, the team has moved on from star players like Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada.
Kolkata have retained Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy and Venkatesh Iyer. They have let go of skipper Eoin Morgan.
Here’s the team-wise list of retained and released players
Chennai Super Kings
Retained Players: Ravindra Jadeja (Rs 16 crore), MS Dhoni (Rs 12 crore), Moeen Ali (Rs 8 crore), Ruturak Gaikwad (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hari Nishanth, Dwayne Bravo, Bhagath Varma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Robin Uthappa, N Jagadeesan, Deepak Chahar, Harishankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, R Sai Kishore, Shardul Thakur, Jason Behrendorff, Josh Hazlewood, Dominic Drakes
Purse Remaining: 48 crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Retained Players: Virat Kohli (Rs 15 crore), Glenn Maxwell (Rs 11 crore), Mohammed Siraj (Rs 7 crore)
Released Players: Devdutt Padikkal, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Tim David, Pavan Deshpande, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, AB de Villiers (retired), KS Bharat, Mohammed Azharudeen, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, George Garton, Akash Deep
Purse Remaining: INR 57 crore
Retained Players: Rohit Sharma (Rs 16 crore), Jasprit Bumrah (Rs 12 crore), Suryakumar Yadav (Rs 8 crore), Kieron Pollard (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Piyush Chawla, Roosh Kalaria, Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Jayan Yadav, Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult
Purse Remaining: INR 48 crore
Retained Players: Kane Williamson (Rs 14 crore), Abdul Samad (Rs 4 crore), Umran Malik Rs (4 crore)
Released Players: David Warner, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Jason Roy, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Sherfane Rutherford, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Basil Thampi, J Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Umran Malik
Purse Remaining: INR 68 crore
Retained Players: Sanju Samson (Rs 14 crore), Jos Buttler (Rs 10 crore), Yashasvi Jaiswal (Rs 4 crore)
Released Players: Liam Livingstone, Manan Vohra, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Evin Lewis, Mahipal Lomror, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Anuj Rawat, Glenn Phillips, Akash Singh, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, KC Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Tabraiz Shamsi, Oshane Thomas, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer
Purse Remaining: INR 62 crore
Kolkata Knight Riders
Retained Players: Andre Russell (Rs 12 crore), Varun Chakaravarthy (Rs 8 crore), Venkatesh Iyer (Rs 8 crore), Sunil Narine (Rs 6 crore)
Released Players: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shivam Mavi, Dinesh Karthik, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora
Purse Remaining: INR 48 crore
Retained Players: Rishabh Pant (Rs 16 crore), Axar Patel (Rs 9 crore), Prithvi Shaw (Rs 7.5 crore), Anrich Nortje (Rs 6.5 crore)
Released Players: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ripal Patel, Ravi Ashwin, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Vishnu Vinod, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Lukman Meriwala, Praveen Dubey, Umesh Yadav, Ben Dwarshuis, Kulwant Khejroliya
Purse Remaining: INR 47.5 crore
Retained Players: Mayank Agarwal (Rs 12 crore), Arshdeep Singh (Rs 4 crore)
Released Players: Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Shahrukh Khan, Saurabh Kumar, KL Rahul, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Mohammed Shami, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Nathan Ellis, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith
Purse Remaining: INR 72 crore