The window for pre-season trading for 2019 Indian Premier League ended on 15th November. All eight franchises taking part in the competition made some changes to their squads ahead of the IPL auction that will take place on 18th December. The auction will be a one-day event unlike the previous auctions held for the cash-rich league.
The Australian duo of David Warner and Steve Smith will make their return to the Indian Premier League in April. The two players are currently serving their bans handed out by Cricket Australia due to their alleged involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.
The experienced Indian players like Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir were released by their respective franchises. The veteran players will be included in the Player auction event and will be up for sale in the event that will be held in Jaipur.
Let’s take a look at the list of players traded, released and retained by the eight franchises for forthcoming IPL Auction event that will take place in two weeks’ time.
Mumbai Indians have decided to retain their premier players like Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, and Jaspreet Bumrah. All-rounders Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard also are in the squad for the coming season of Indian Premier League. Three-time champions made a perfect move in the pre-season by bringing in South Africa’s Quinton de Kock for Rs 2.8 crores. To pick up de Kock, they released Mustafizur Rahman and Akila Dhananjaya for the coming IPL season.
Australian speedster Pat Cummins is a longer part of the franchise due to his international commitment for Australia for next year’s Cricket World Cup.
Traded In: Quinton de Kock
Retained Players: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Ankul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Milne.
Released Players: Akila Dhananjaya, JP Duminy, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, MD Nidheesh, Mustafizur Rahman, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins.
Inaugural Champions Rajasthan Royals have released medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat for the coming season of Indian Premier League. Last year, Unadkat was bought for a whopping price of Rs 11.5 crore. Unadkat had a poor outing with the ball last season and will be available for sale in the coming auction event. D’Arcy Short, Heinrich Klaasen, and Ben Laughlin also have been released by the franchise.
Retained Players: Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Aryaman Birla, S Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Stuart Binny.
Released Players: Jaydev Unadkat, Dane Paterson, Ankit Sharma, Heinrich Klaasen, Ben Laughlin, D’Arcy Short, Zahir Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Jatin Saxena.
Sunrisers made noticeable changes ahead of the new Indian Premier League season. The one-time champions have released big players like Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Hales, Wriddhiman Saha, Chris Jordan, and Carlos Brathwaite.
David Warner has been retained by the franchise and will make his return to the side for the coming season of Indian Premier League.
Traded in: Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz, and Vijay Shankar
Traded out: Shikhar Dhawan
Retained Players: Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Billy Stanlake, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Basil Thampi, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddharth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui.
Released Players: Wriddhiman Saha, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales, Sachin Baby, Tanmay Agarwal, Chris Jordan, Bipul Sharma.
Chennai Super Kings
Reigning champions Chennai Super Kings have decided to stick with their winning combination and only released Kanishk Seth, Mark Wood and Kshitiz Sharma for the coming season.
Retained Players: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Sam Billings, Dwayne Bravo, David Willey, Mitchell Santner, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Monu Kumar, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagdeesan.
Released Players: Kanishk Seth, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma.
Delhi has decided to go for a complete change in the squad for the coming season of Indian Premier League. The big positive for Delhi is the return of Shikhar Dhawan, who will certainly bolster batting resources for the coming season. To buy Dhawan, Delhi had to release Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Vijay Shankar. Mohammad Shami and Glenn Maxwell are also notable names released from the squad.
Traded in: Shikhar Dhawan.
Traded out: Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Vijay Shankar.
Retained Players: Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Chris Morris, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Harshal Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Manoj Kalra, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahul Tewatia, Avesh Khan.
Released Players: Gurkeerat Mann, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Shami, Dan Christian, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala, Gautam Gambhir, Naman Ojha, Junior Dala.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Two-time champions Kolkata have released Australian pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson for the coming season of Indian Premier League. Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc missed whole the season last year due to an injury.
Prasidh Krishna and Kamlesh Nagarkoti have been retained in the squad for the coming edition of Indian Premier League.
Retained Players: Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, and Shubham Gill.
Released Players: Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Mitchell Starc, Vinay Kumar, Jevon Searles, Ishank Jaggi, and Apoorva Wankhade.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The franchise lost a crucial player in Quinton de Kock as he was bought by Mumbai Indians. Mandeep Singh has also been traded to Kings XI Punjab and picked up Marcus Stoinis in a deal.
Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Corey Anderson, and Chris Woakes are other four players released from the squad.
Traded in: Marcus Stoinis
Traded out: Mandeep Singh, Quinton de Kock
Retained Players: Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, AB De Villiers, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Parthiv Patel, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Kulwant Khejroliya.
Released Players: Brendon McCullum, Sarfaraz Khan, Corey Anderson, and Chris Woakes.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI have gone for a complete overhaul for the coming season of Indian Premier League. Almost 10 players have been released from the squad that includes notable names like Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch, Manoj Tiwary, and Axar Patel.
Traded in: Mandeep Singh
Traded out: Marcus Stoinis
Retained Players: Lokesh Rahul, David Miller, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Karun Nair.
Released Players: Manoj Tiwary, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Manzoor Dar, Akshdeep Nath, Barindar Sran, Ben Dwarshuis, Mayank Dagar, Pradeep Sahu.