IPL Franchises Release And Trade A Number Of Players For 2020 Season

By Dhanu Delphi on November 19, 2019

The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is still six months away but IPL franchises are busy making changes to their respective squads as they look to build momentum and be prepared for the new season, beginning with the auction in Kolkata on December 19. The teams made a number of trades and releases last week which resulted in some players getting a pay hike.

We take a look at some of the major player releases and trades that the IPL franchises made recently.

Players Who Were Recently Traded

The players who were recently traded during the IPL trade window include Kings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin who was traded to Delhi Capitals. The Capitals also decided to pick up Ajinkya Rahane from Rajasthan Royals.

Delhi Capitals decided to let go off five players and released Trent Boult and Sherfane Rutherford to Mumbai Indians, Mayank Markande and Rahul Tewatia to Rajasthan Royals, and Jagadeesha Suchith to Kings XI Punjab.

Rajasthan Royals decided to let go of K Gowtham who got picked up by Kings XI and Dhawal Kulkarni who went to Mumbai Indians. Kings XI released Ankit Rajpoot who was picked up by Rajasthan Royals.

The trade-off saw Rahane get an additional Rs. 1.25 crores while Boult picked up an extra Rs. 1 crore. However, it was young Markande who got the highest raise as he picked up another Rs. 1.8 crores.

RCB Releases The Highest Number Of Players

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have had a miserable time in the IPL and the team management decided that the best way forward was to give the team a makeover. They let go of 12 players with an intent to bring in new blood and a new mindset as they look to change their fortunes in the 2020 IPL.

RCB released seven overseas players and only retained Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers. They also have a new coaching staff with Mike Hesson coming in as the team director and Simon Katich taking on the role of the head coach. RCB now have 12 slots available (six domestic, six overseas) for the next auction along with a purse of Rs. 27.90 crore which should give them a lot of freedom in going after the players they want.

Rajasthan Royals And Kings XI Let Go Of 18 Players

The Royals and Kings XI did not have a great time at the 2019 IPL and have understandably decided to hit the refresh switch. Both teams released a total of 18 players with Kings XI releasing a couple of big names so that they could free up their purse ahead of the next IPL auction.

Kings XI decided to let go of seven cricketers including Andrew Tye (Purple Cap winner in 2018) and all-rounder Sam Curran who were both bought for over Rs. 7 crores. They also released David Miller, one of their long-standing players who had been with them since 2012. Kings XI now have nine slots available (five domestic, four overseas) to fill. They also have the highest purse remaining among all the IPL franchises with Rs. 42.7 crores.

The Royals have 11 players to pick (seven domestic, four overseas). They released Jaydev Unadkat who was an expensive buy for them. This has left them with an impressive purse of Rs. 28.9 crores before the upcoming auction.

Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders also released long-serving names such as Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla.

CSK And Sunrisers Not Making Many Changes  

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) like to stick with their core group of players which they believe is one of the reasons why they are so consistent at winning. CSK bid adieu to six players while Sunrisers Hyderabad released just five. CSK now have five slots (three domestic, two overseas) open and a purse of Rs. 14.6 crores, while Sunrisers have a purse of Rs. 17 crores and seven slots to fill (five domestic, two overseas).

In summary:

Team Purse remaining (INR) Total slots available Overseas picks
Chennai Super Kings 14.6 5 2
Delhi Capitals 27.85 11 5
Kings XI Punjab 42.7 9 4
Kolkata Knight Riders 35.65 11 4
Mumbai Indians 13.05 7 2
Rajasthan Royals 28.9 11 4
Royal Challengers Bangalore 27.9 12 6
Sunrisers Hyderabad 17 7 2


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