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Kevin Pietersen played only 6 matches in previous edition of IPL AFP

As the year 2016 is moving towards its final days, the preparation for next season of Indian Premier League (IPL) year has begun. The 2017 edition of IPL will be the 10th season of this cash-rich cricket tournament. The preparation starts with the retention and release of players across the 8 teams. A total of 63 players have been released from all franchises, which includes many big stars such as Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Dale Steyn, and Trent Boult. A total of 28 out of 63 released players are from overseas and the team which has released most number of cricketers is Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). They released 11 players, which included 6 overseas cricketers and big names like Kevin Pietersen.

The upcoming season of the IPL will not feature any new team apart from Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions. RPS and Gujarat Lions were the teams introduced in the tournament for the first time in 2016 edition in place of Chennai Supers Kings and Rajasthan Royals. After RPS, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are the next to release most number of cricketers. They let go a total of 10 players and seven of them are Indian. The biggest surprise in the list of released players was Pawan Negi, who got the highest bid as an Indian player in previous edition of IPL auction. Negi was bought for INR 8.5 crores by Delhi Daredevils in previous season.

Among the overseas players, Mitchell Johnson is the highest bid player to be released among all. Johnson was bought for INR 6.5 crores by Kings XI Punjab. The below table will give the clear picture of players who got released from each teams:

Rising Pune Supergiants Gujarat Lions
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
* Kevin Pietersen 3,50,00,000 * Dale Steyn 2,30,00,000
Ishant Sharma 3,80,00,000 Paras Dogra 10,00,000
Irfan Pathan 1,00,00,000 Eklavya Dwivedi 1,00,00,000
* Thisara Perera 1,00,00,000 Sarbjeet Ladda 10,00,000
Rudra Pratap Singh 30,00,000 Pravin Tambe 20,00,000
* Scott Boland 50,00,000 Umang Sharma 10,00,000
M. Ashwin 4,50,00,000 Amit Mishra 10,00,000
* Peter Handscomb 30,00,000 Aksh Deep Nath 10,00,000
Saurabh Tiwary 73,00,000
* Albie Morkel 32,50,000
* George Bailey 1,00,00,000
Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
* Mitchell Johnson 6,50,00,000 * Morne Morkel 2,80,00,000
Rishi Dhawan 3,00,00,000 * Brad Hogg 50,00,000
* Kyle Abbott 2,10,00,000 * Jason Holder 70,00,000
* Farhaan Behardien 30,00,000 * Colin Munro 30,00,000
* John Hastings 1,30,00,000
Jaydev Unadkat 1,60,00,000
Rajagopal Sathish 20,00,000
Manan Sharma 10,00,000
* Shaun Tait 1,00,00,000
Mumbai Indians Delhi Daredevils
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
* Corey Anderson 4,50,00,000 * Nathan Coulter-Nile 4,25,00,000
* Marchant De Lange 30,00,000 * Imran Tahir 1,00,00,000
Unmukt Chand 75,00,000 * Joel Paris 30,00,000
Akshay Wakhare 10,00,000 Pawan Negi 8,50,00,000
Nathu Singh 3,20,00,000 Pawan Suyal 10,00,000
Kishore Pramod Kamath 1,40,00,000 Akhil Arvind Herwadkar 10,00,000
* Martin Guptill 50,00,000 Mahipal Lomror 10,00,000
* Jerome Taylor 50,00,000
Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad
Player Name Bid Amount Player Name Bid Amount
Varun Aaron 2,00,00,000 Karn Sharma 3,75,00,000
Abu Nechim Ahmed 30,00,000 Ashish Reddy 20,00,000
* David Wiese 2,80,00,000 * Eoin Morgan 1,50,00,000
* Kane Richardson 2,00,00,000 * Trent Boult 3,80,00,000
Vikramjeet Malik 20,00,000 Tirumalasetti Suman 10,00,000
Praveen Dubey 35,00,000 Aditya Tare 1,20,00,000
Akshay Karnewar 10,00,000
Vikas Tokas 10,00,000
Parveez Rasool 95,00,000
* Chris Jordan 2,00,00,000

NOTE: * stands for foreign players

It will be interesting to see which player will find their next buyers in the next auction, which is expected to take place sometime in February 2017. The next IPL season will be the second and last appearance for Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions, unless BCCI and IPL Governing Council decide to retain them on the return of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.