Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of IPL 2021 player retention. It’s a big day for the IPL fans as the eight franchises will be releasing their list of players retained for the tournament – which is set to be held between April and June.
What we know so far
MI RELEASES overseas pace quartet – Malinga, Pattinson, McClenaghan and Coulter-Nile
PLAYERS RELEASED: Lasith Malinga,
RR names Sanju Samson as captain, Kumar Sangakkara joins as Director of Cricket
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: COMPLETE LIST
PLAYERS RELEASED: Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson (retired), Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay, Monu Kumar, Harbhajan Singh
PLAYERS RETAINED: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, Faf Du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Ravi Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Imran Tahir, R Sai Kishore, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi
SRH RELEASES FRINGE PLAYERS
PLAYERS RELEASED: Sanjay Yadav, Sandeep Bhavanka, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen and Yarra Prithviraj
KXIP RELEASES GLENN MAXWELL, CHRIS GAYLE RETAINED
PLAYERS RELEASED: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mujeeb UR Rahman, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen and Karun Nair
RCB RELEASES AARON FINCH, CHRIS MORRIS
Royal Challengers Bangalore has released Aaron Finch and Chris Morris. While it has maintained its core group, the team has let go of Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Isuru Udana.
THE PLAYERS RETAINED: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pawan Deshpande, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson.
PLAYERS RELEASED: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann.
OPTED OUT: Dale Steyn. RETIRED: Parthiv Patel
ROYALS RELEASES SMITH
The Rajasthan Royals has released its captain and Australia star Steven Smith and is looking at an Indian captain. Chances are high that Sanju Samson could take up the big role.Smith – who took charge from Ajinkya Rahane in the middle of the season in 2019 – has failed to live up to his expectations and scored just 311 runs from 14 games.
READ HERE: Rajasthan Royals releases Steve Smith
CSK RETAINS RAINA, RELEASES JADHAV, CHAWLA
The Chennai Super Kings is set to retain its old warhorse Suresh Raina, while Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay and Piyush Chawla are set to released. The side has already parted ways with Harbhajan Singh.
Lasith Malinga. – K. R. Deepak
WILL MUMBAI KEEP LASITH MALINGA?
The defending champion Mumbai Indians is likely to let go of its Sri Lankan pace Lasith Malinga – who missed out on the tournament last season. There are speculations that even Sherfane Rutherford could be released.
JASON ROY, MOHIT SHARMA TO BE RELEASED AND STOINIS TO BE RETAINED? Delhi Capitals is likely to release Jason Roy and Mohit Sharma. There are also indications that the franchise has decided to let go Sandeep Lamichhane. Delhi is also set to retain star Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.
WHAT’S UP WITH KKR?
The KKR team management is set to retain Dinesh Karthik, but there is a buzz that it could release Tom Banton – who was bought at his base price of Rs 1 crore. The franchise sources indicate that Chris Green, Siddesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, and M Siddarth have been released as well.