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Punjab Kings released Mayank Agarwal and Odean Smith

Punjab Kings released Mayank Agarwal and Odean Smith © BCCI

So, all 10 franchises have revealed their retentions and releases. Now for the auction to plug some gaps and before you know it, IPL 2023 will be upon us!

Punjab Kings confirm Agarwal, Smith exit

As suspected, Mayank Agarwal and Odean Smith are among the nine PBKS players have let go of. Besides England’s Benny Howell, all others are Indians: Vaibhav Arora, Ishan Porel, Ansh Patel, Prerak Mankad, Sandeep Sharma, Writtick Chatterjee. Raj Angad Bawa holds on to his spot.

Lucknow Super Giants omit Holder, Lewis

Caribbean duo of Evin Lewis and Jason Holder, Sri Lanka’s Dushmantha Chameera and IPL first Indian centurion Manish Pandey are the biggest names among the omissions LSG have made ahead of the 2023 season. Shahbaz Nadeem also misses out, along with Andrew Tye and Ankit Rajpoot.

SRH release domestic stars

As reported earlier, SRH have let go of Williamson, Pooran and Shepherd. Turns out, Jagadeesha Suchith, Priyam Garg and Sean Abbott also couldn’t make the cut. Here are the others who would no longer be the part of the orange brigade: Ravikumar Samarth, Saurabh Dubey, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Sushant Mishra, Vishnu Vinod

The SRH current squad is as follows:

Gujarat Titans release Roy, Aaron

Besides Lockie Ferguson who was traded earlier, the reigning champions have Jason Roy, Varun Aaron among their releases. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Dominic Drakes and Gurkeerat Singh also didn’t make the cut. Those who will continue in their 2023 campaign are:

RCB bid goodbye to Rutherford, Behrendorff

The only two big names RCB let go of are Sherfane Rutherford and Jason Behrendorff. Others include Aneeshwar Gautam, Chama Milind, Luvnith Sisodia. No major surprises from their camp.

The retained players are here:

RR release Nair, Neesham, Coulter-Nile

Rajasthan Royals have released a few big names in Karun Nair, Kiwi pair of James Neesham and Daryl Mitchell, South African duo of Rassie van der Dussen and Corbin Bosch, and Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile among the nine players released. The three other Indians released are: Anunay Singh, Tejas Baroka and Shubham Garhwal. Royals have retained a total of 16 players, including 12 Indians and four overseas stars.

Delhi Capitals release Seifert, Thakur

Delhi have released Shardul Thakur, Tim Seifert, KS Bharat, Mandeep Singh and Ashwin Hebbar, while onboarding Aman Khan via the trade.

Here’s how the current team looks:

KKR will be without these 3 big names…

Besides these three, KKR have also released Finch, Nabi and Rahane among a host of domestic players. They had earlier got Shardul Thakur, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Lockie Ferguson via the pre-auction trades.

Here’s their full release list: Pat Cummins, Sam Billings, Aman Khan, Shivam Mavi, Mohammad Nabi, Chamika Karunaratne, Aaron Finch, Alex Hales, Abhijeet Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Sharma, Baba Indrajith, Pratham Singh, Ramesh Kumar, Rasikh Salam, Sheldon Jackson

MI releases 13 players

Mumbai Indians have released 13 players, including Kieron Pollard, who announced retirement earlier in the day. The other 12 are Riley Meredith, Daniel Sams, Fabian Allen, Tymal Mills, Sanjay Yadav, Aryan Juyal, Mayank Mishra, Murugan Ashwin, Rahul Buddhi, Anmolpreet Singh, Jaydev Unadkat and Basil Thampi.

Bravo, Milne and Jordan released by CSK

Chennai Super Kings have released three overseas players – Dwayne Bravo, Adam Milne and Chris Jordan. They have also let go four domestic players – N Jagadeesan, C Hari Nishaanth, K Bhagat Varma and KM Asif, along with veteran batsman Robin Uthappa who has retired.

Players retained in the squad are:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Devon Conway, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shivam Dube, Ambati Rayudu, Dwaine Pretorius, Maheesh Theekshana, Prashant Solanki, Deepak Chahar, Mukesh Choudhary, Simarjeet Singh, Tushar Deshpande, Rajvardhan Hangargekar , Mitchell Santner, Matheesha Pathirana, Subhranshu Senapati

Varun Aaron, Drakes released by Titans

Gujarat Titans have released Gurkeerat Singh, Varun Aaron and Dominic Drakes. They have already traded Lockie Ferguson, Rahmanullah Gurbaz to KKR. Vijay Shankar, initially thought to be released, has been retained by the defending IPL champions.

Pooran, Shepherd join Williamson in SRH releases

The BCCI has told the franchises not to speak about releases till 6 pm when the official announcement is expected but what we are hearing is Nicholas Pooran and Kane Williamson are out of SRH. Romario Shepherd too and a few more. The franchise is expected to go to the auction with over Rs 35 crore, likely to be in the best place to buy marquee players. We have already reported that Williamson is aware of his imminent exit from the Hyderabad team.

Alex Hales leaves KKR

Alex Hales has informed the KKR management that he cannot be part of the franchise in the next season too. He had pulled out of last season. KKR say they respect the decision of Pat Cummins, Sam Billings and Alex Hales not to be part of the IPL 2023.

Bravo may get the axe

Chennai Super Kings, who have been in news only for the Ravindra Jadeja controversy so far, could be making news for a couple of big releases and surprisingly, one of those could be Dwayne Bravo.

The former West Indies all-rounder, a INR 4.40 crore buy the four-time champions, is believed to be in the ‘hit list’. No confirmation has come from the franchise but the Bravo release is being seriously considered. Two other players who may face the ax are Ambati Rayudu and Chris Jordan. While he was bought for INR 6.75 crore, Jordan, one of the stars of the just-concluded World Cup final, was an INR 3.60 acquisition at the mega-auction.

A lower-order batter and a death-overs specialist, Bravo contributed only 23 runs in six innings and claimed 16 wickets in 10 games last IPL. CSK finished ninth last season and there may be a temptation to overhaul the side and the impression is Bravo, Rayudu (274 runs in 13 games) and Jordan (two wickets in four games) have not performed to the expectations. Two, if not all three, are set to get the boot.

Jadeja, of course, will be retained whether or not he has ended his sulk with the management.

Will Ajinkya Rahane be released?

Kolkata Knight Riders are on a rebuilding drive, having acquired a couple of impact players – Lockie Ferguson and Shardul Thakur – through trade. They will already be without the services of Pat Cummins, who has declared his intention to focus on Ashes more than IPL. Sam Billings is also out. And now we hear Ajinkya Rahane may be let go of. Bought for Rs 1 crore last year, Rahane played only seven games in which he scored 133 runs. His contribution was thought to be immense even when he was not playing and team sources said he was a great team man. But with very little left in the coffers after two trades, the franchise is not left with too many options and is believed to be considering leaving the former India skipper out. Rahane has also not given the team much choice. His recent performances in the domestic T20 competition was not great. His SMAT scores were 1, 5, 21, 34, 12, 0, 30 and 9.

Pollard retires from IPL

Thats some blockbuster news indeed. Mumbai Indians have announced that Kieron Pollard has retired from the IPL. Pollard’s decision to no longer play in the IPL comes after the franchise opted to release him. The veteran in a statement revealed that he understands the franchise’s decision and can’t see himself turning up against them on the field. However, the West Indies all-rounder will represent their South African franchise in the inaugural SA20 and will also join the coaching staff of Mumbai Indians in the IPL as their batting coach for the upcoming season.

Are SRH parting ways with Williamson?

The big discussion ahead of the release deadline is on Kane Williamson. During an online interaction with the media on Tuesday morning, New Zealand skipper seemed to suggest that he is aware of the franchise’s decision not to renew his contract. “We’ve discussed, the announcement will be made,” Williamson told Cricbuzz in a one-on-one chat as the deadline approached. As a batsman, he scored only 216 runs in 13 games last season, not exactly the value for money an IPL franchise would be hoping for after he was retained for Rs 14 crore. Has he had an impact as a skipper? The team finished 8th last season.

KKR set to release Cummins

Australia’s Test and ODI skipper Pat Cummins has revealed that he will not be taking part in the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League. Cummins wants to focus on ODIs and Tests over the next 12 months and hence he has opted to pull out of the T20 league. That’s INR 7.25 Cr added to the kitty then.

Trades completed so far

Shardul Thakur has been traded by Delhi Capitals to the Kolkata Knight Riders. The Capitals, in turn, have roped in all-rounder Aman Khan from the Knight Riders. Thakur was picked up by the Capitals in the previous auction for Rs 10.75 crore while the Knight Riders had brought in Aman for Rs 20 Lakh.

Gujarat Titans have traded New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and Afghanistan keeper-bat Rahmanullah Gurbaz to the Kolkata Knight Riders. Ferguson played 13 matches for GT last season while Gurbaz, who came in as a replacement for Jason Roy, couldn’t get a game. Ferguson has played for KKR between 2019 and 2021 before he was bought by GT in the mega auction for INR 10 Crore.

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