Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions scheduled to be held in the month of February, the IPL franchises have started working out on their budget segment which resulted in the releasing of costlier players from each team. The big names among the 61 players released by various franchises will be that of Dale Steyn and Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj Singh was brought by the franchise Delhi Daredevils in the last edition’s auction by spending a whopping INR 16 crore. The 34-year-old left hand batsman is expected to spark another auction battle in February.
Speaking on the exclusion of the flamboyant batsman, Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua said ” I had already talked to Yuvraj about this and he responded positively. Yuvraj is definitely a batsman whose presence can be felt by any team in the opposition. But, we were forced to take the decision keeping in mind the budget restrictions”.
“We are also releasing Angelo Mathews (INR 7 crore), so that we can save some Rs 23 crore for the upcoming auctions in February 2016″, he added.
Each IPL team will have a purse value of Rs 66 crore, which can be utilized to bag players.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore had released Wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik (INR 10.5 crore). The Tamil-Nadu batsman has failed to make any impact during the last season’s IPL as he scored only 141 runs out of 11 matches he played.
Sunrisers Hyderabad had named big names from its side in the form of Kevin Pietersen, Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma. Kevin Pietersen was brought in the last season for a base price of Rs 2 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad will now aim at getting more number of batsman from the auction, as it lacks quality batting power.
According to the report from Cricbuzz, a total of 101 players were retained by the six franchises while 61 players were released. The move from the franchises to free-up their purse seems to be aimed at winning the players of suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, during the next month’s IPL auctions.