Kolkata Knight Riders have retained ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib al Hasan while Sunrisers Hyderabad kept pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman in their roster for the upcoming Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 10th edition. As many as 40 players have been released from different IPL franchises as a whole after December 15, 2016 was set as the deadline.
As per a report in the Mumbai Mirror, some of the big names to face the exile from their respective teams are Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan of England, Dale Steyn and Mone Morkel of South Africa, Jason Holder of the West Indies and Mitchell Johnson of Australia.
Among all the IPL teams, Rising Pune Supergiants, who finished seventh in IPL 9, released a major chunk of their players - 10.
Despite having Indian limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin in the squad, Pune endured a terrible campaign and drastic changes for the next campaign were expected.
Pietersen, who couldn't complete the season following an injury, has been released along with Indian Test pacer Ishant Sharma, all-rounder Irfan Pathan and spinner Murugan Ashwin.
The other team to make their debut, Gujarat Lions, have reportedly released Steyn.
Delhi Daredevils, who spent Rs8.5 crore on all-rounder Pawan Negi, have set the player free after he couldn't feature in most of the matches for the team.
Kolkata, meanwhile, have released overseas players Holder, John Hastings and Morkel while champions Sunrisers have let a bunch of players go in the form of Ashish Reddy and Tirumalasetti Suman along with England ODI skipper Morgan.
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore are also believed to have released players but the names can't be confirmed as of now.
The salary cap at Rs63 crore isn't expected to increase this year, forcing the franchises to release non-performers in order to create space for new signings.