While the Indian cricket team has been busy in Australia for the last couple of months, IPL franchises have been reviewing and strategizing for IPL 2021. IPL franchises are preparing for the IPL Auction which is set to take place on either Feb 18 or Feb 19 in Chennai.
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IPL Auction In Feb 2021
The second test match between India and England will finish in Chennai on Feb 17 and the IPL auction will be conducted the next day or the day after based on reports from unconfirmed sources. This is going to be a big auction as there are a number of big name players on the IPL auction list.
IPL franchises have made a number of cuts in recent weeks, some surprising and some not so surprising. A number of big name Australian players have been released and it will be interesting to see which IPL franchises will be willing to go after them and how much they will be willing to spend.
We take a look at some of the players that have been released by their respective franchises and what kind of purse each IPL franchise now has. If you want to know which players were retained for 2021, click here.
The Capitals have released two big overseas players in Alex Carey and Jason Roy. Carey has been awesome in the Big Bash League (BBL) and a number of IPL franchises will be interested in him. Some of the other players released include Sandeep Lamichhane, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma and Tushar Deshpande. The Capitals have a purse of 12.8 crores remaining.
The Royals made a big decision in releasing their captain Steve Smith. Some of the other players released include Windies fast bowler Oshane Thomas, Indian pacer Varun Aaron and Brit Tom Curran. Smith faced the axe after he had a poor IPL in 2020 and the Royals management felt that it was time for Sanju Samson to take over the leadership role. The Royals have a purse of 34.85 crores left.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
KKR has released fringe players like Tom Banton, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik and M Siddharth. They have a purse of 10.85 crores to work with. To know more about IPL betting, click here.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI have let the hard hitting Glenn Maxwell go as he had a poor IPL 2020. They have also released other big names in Jimmy Neesham, Sheldon Cottrell, Hardus Viljoen and Karun Nair. Kings XI know that they need to get some good talent into their squad if they are going to pose a threat in IPL 2021. This IPL auction will be big for them as they have the biggest purse with 53.2 crores.
The Sunrisers have retained the core bunch and only let go off fringe players in Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Sandeep Bhavanka and Sanjay Yadav. By retaining their core squad, they have a very small purse left off just 10.75 crores.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB have released a total of 10 players and have a nice purse of 35.7 crores to work with. Some of the big name players that have been released include A Finch, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi and Partiv Patel who retired.
The 2020 IPL winners have kept their core squad together. They have released fringe players like Mitchell McCleneghan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Sherfane Rutherford, James Pattinson and the retied L Malinga. Mumbai have a purse of 15.35 crores to work with.
Chennai Super Kings
There were many who expected CSK to release a bunch of players and form a new squad. However, CSK has released just a few players which include S Watson who retired, H Singh, K Jadhav, M Vijay and P Chawla. CSK has a purse of 22.9 crores and it will be interesting to see which players they go after.