IPL 2013: Pune Warriors release Smith, Clarke; Mumbai retains Harbhajan
Australian captain Michael Clarke and South Africa's Test captain Graeme Smith and hard-hitting New Zealander Jesse Ryder have returned to the auction pool as Pune Warriors decided to retain six foreign players who were there with the franchise during last edition. While Clarke had a one-year contract and had to return to the auction pool, Smith who doesn't play international T20 anymore wasn't a very viable option for the Warriors. Ryder, who hasn't played any competitive cricket since IPL was also left out.
The media release sent by the IPL committee also proved that speculations in some quarters regarding Mumbai Indians' decision to release Harbhajan Singh and Chennai Super Kings getting rid of their 'Million Dollar Baby' Ravindra Jadeja were baseless. Both are very much there with their respective franchises.
New owners of Hyderabad franchise, Sun TV, have decided to release Australian all-rounder Dan Christian who fetched a whopping USD 900,000 during the January, 2011 auctions. Sun TV have retained 20 players who represented Deccan Chargers in IPL 2012. The cricketers include captain Kumar Sangakkara, South African pacer Dale Steyn, Indian fastbowler Ishant Sharma and Australia's Cameron White.
According to the initial squads confirmed by the IPL teams for next year, Rajasthan Royals have retained the least number of players (14) and ended up with a salary cap balance of Rs 8,423,261 -- the highest among the nine IPL franchises.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have retained the maximum number of players (27) and has the least available salary cap balance.
Contrary to speculations that out-of-form Harbhajan Singh would be dumped by the franchise, the off-spinner prominently feature in Mumbai's line-up.
Defending champion Kolkata Knight Riders, meanwhile, have retained 22 players, while Kings XI Punjab has retained 19 players and has the second highest salary cap balance (Rs. 7,219,565).
Delhi Daredevils have retained 18 players, including all its seven foreign recruits but dumped Rajasthan batsman Robin Bist as he is considered totally unsuitable for the shortest format.
Each franchise has a salary cap of up to US $12.5m to spend on their 2013 squad for up to 33 players, of whom a maximum of 11 can be from overseas. Only four overseas players can figure in the starting eleven for any match.
The trading window will open on Monday, November 19. Thereafter, the franchises will be able to sign new uncapped Indian players, including the 52 whose contracts were not extended.
From November 1 the franchises also have the option of re-signing the players who they took as temporary replacements in IPL 2012.
Some of the notable players whose contracts haven't been renewed are:
Chennai Super Kings:
George Bailey, Joginder Sharma, Scott Styris, Abhinav Mukund, Suraj Randiv, Doug Bollinger
Darren Bravo, Daniel Christian, Manpreet Gony, Daniel Harris
Glenn Maxwell, Venugopal Rao, Travis Birt, Colin Ingram, Aaron Finch, Doug Bracewell, Robin Bist
Kings XI Punjab
James Faulkner, Romesh Powar, Stuart Broad, Abhishek Nayar
Kolkata Knight Riders
Clint McKay, Thissara Perera, Dwayne Smith, Richard Levi, Davy Jacobs
Pune Warriors India
Michael Clarke, Callum Ferguson, Nathan McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Steve Smith, James Hopes, Tamim Iqbal, Graeme Smith
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Johan Botha, Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah, Dinesh Chandimal; , Luke Pomersbach, Mohammad Kaif
Squads with retained players:
Kolkata Knight Riders (22 players, 10 overseas, $2.1 million purse left)
Overseas: Brad Haddin, Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan, Jacques Kallis, James Pattinson, Marchant de Lange, Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine.
Indian: Debabrata Das, Gautam Gambhir, Iqbal Abdulla, L Balaji, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Manoj Tiwary, Manvinder Bisla, Pradeep Sangwan, Rajat Bhatia, Sarabjit Ladda, Shami Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan.
Chennai Super Kings (15 players, 6 overseas, $3.1 million purse left)
Overseas: Albie Morkel, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dwayne Bravo, Faff du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Nuwan Kulasekara.
Indian: MS Dhoni, Murali Vijay, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Anirudha Srikkanth, S Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha (wk).
Delhi Daredevils (18 players, 7 overseas, $1.6 million purse left)
Overseas: Andre Russell, David Warner, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Morne Morkel, Roelof van der Merwe, Ross Taylor.
Indian: Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, Manpreet Juneja, Naman Ojha, Pawan Negi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Unmukt Chand, Varun Aaron, Virender Sehwag, Yogesh Nagar.
Kings XI Punjab (19 players, 6 overseas, $7.2 million purse left)
Overseas: Adam Gilchrist, Azhar Mahmood, David Hussey, David Miller, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Shaun Marsh.
Indian: Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Gurkeerat Singh, Harmeet Singh, Mandeeo Singh, Nitin Saini, Parwinder Awana, Paul Valthaty, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, R Sathish, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh (Indian).
Mumbai Indians (27 players, 7 overseas, $1.8 million purse left)
Overseas players: Aiden Blizzard, Herschelle Gibbs, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Robin Peterson.
Indian: Abu Nechin, Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu, Amitoze Singh, Apoorv Wankhade, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Munaf Patel, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rahul Shukla, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, T Suman, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Pune Warriors India (24 players, 6 overseas, $3.9 million purse left)
Overseas: Alfonso Thomas, Angelo Mathews, Luke Wright, Marlon Samuels, Mitchell Marsh, Wayne Parnell.
Indian: Ali Murtuza, Anustup Majumdar, Ashish Nehra, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dheeraj Jadhav, Eklavya Dwivedi, Harpreet Singh, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Mahesh Rawat, Manish Pandey, Mithun Manhas, Murali Kartik, Rahul Sharma, Raiphi Gomez, Robin Uthappa, Shrikant Wagh, Yuvraj Singh.
Rajasthan Royals (14 players, 5 overseas, $8.4 million purse left)
Overseas: Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Kevon Cooper, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait.
Indian: Ajinkya Rahane, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan, Ashok Menaria, Rahul Dravid, Sreesanth, Shreevats Goswami, Siddharth Trivedi, Stuart Binny.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (20 players, 6 overseas, $2.7 million purse left)
Overseas: AB de Villiers, Andrew McDonald, Chris Gayle, Daniel Vettori, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Indian: Abhimanyu Mithun, Arun Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, R Vinay Kumar, Sreenath Aravind, Saurabh Tiwary, J Syed Mohammed, Vijay Zol, Virat Kohli, Zaheer Khan.
Team Hyderabad (20 players, 6 overseas, $7 million purse left)
Overseas: Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, JP Duminy, Rusty Theron, Kumar Sangakkara.
Indian: Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Akash Bhandari, Akshath Reddy, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Bharat Chipli, Biplab Samantray, Ravi Teja, Ishant Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Veer Pratap Singh.