Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar and Parthiv Patel have also been retained among the Indian players.  @ Indian Premier League
Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar and Parthiv Patel have also been retained among the Indian players. @ Indian Premier League

New Zealand’s Twenty20 specialist Brendon McCullum and England allrounder Chris Woakes are among nine players released by Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday ahead of the IPL Auction in the third week of December.

November 15 was the last date for IPL franchises to release their lists of retained and transferred players ahead of the IPL auction reportedly in the third week of December. New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson, another overseas player was also released, while Sarfaraz Khan, who was retained last season has been released along with Manan Vohra and Murugan Ashwin.

RCB retained 14 players – pacer Navdeep Saini among the key players such as Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal. Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar and Parthiv Patel have also been retained among the Indian players. As far the overseas players go, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee and Nathan Coulter-Nile have been retained.

RCB had already traded Mandeep Singh to Kings XI Punjab for Australian allrounder Marcus Stoinis.

Retained: Virat Kohli (c), Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile

Released: Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Anirudha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande

Traded: Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh