The eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises announced the list of players they have released and retained ahead of the 2021 season on Wednesday.
Here are the lists of players released and retained by each franchise:
Chennai Super Kings:
Retained: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Narayan Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif, Josh Hazlewood, , Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Imran Tahir , Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran and R Sai Kishore.
Released: Piyush Chawla, Kedar Jadhav, M Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Monu Kumar Singh, and Shane Watson (retired).
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Philippe, Kane Richardson and Pavan Deshpande.
Released: Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Pawan Negi, Parthiv Patel (retired), Dale Steyn (unavailable), Isuru Udana and Umesh Yadav.
Retained: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare.
Released: James Pattinson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell Mcclenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh and Prince Balwant Rai.
Retained: Squad: Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler and Anuj Rawat.
Released: Steve Smith, Oshane Thomas, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron, Ankit Rajpoot, Aniruddha Joshi, Akash Singh and Shashank Singh.
Retained: Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jason Holder, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami and Basil Thampi.
Released: Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Sandeep Bavanka, Sanjay Yadav and Yarra Prithvi Raj.
Kings XI Punjab:
Retained: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, M Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Deepak Hooda Nicholas Pooran and Prabhsimran Singh.
Released: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Zadran, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, J Suchith and Tejinder Singh Dhillon.
Retained: Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Daniel Sams, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Anrich Nortje, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer.
Released: Jason Roy, Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichane, Tushar Deshpande and Mohit Sharma.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Retained: Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tripathi, Ali Khan and Tim Seifert.
Released: Tom Banton, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Harry Gurney and M Siddharth.