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With the auction about 15 days away, the teams in the 7 edition of the cash rich Indian Premier League announced the players that each franchise retained.
Shah Rukh Khan backed Kolkata Knight Riders retained their title winning skipper Gautam Gambhir and spin sensation Sunil Narine. Gambhir had a good run with the bat and was the most expenisve player that KKR picked up last season for a staggering $ 2.4 million while Narine was an investment that boosted the Knightriders fortunes. KKR CEO Venky Mysore was delighted to have retained thier two key perfomrers and hopes ‘to build a competetive and exciting squad.” The Knightriders now have a $ 6 million salary cap with two retention cards when the auction happens early next month.
Meanwhile Sun TV owned Sunrisers Hyderabad retained their star players from last season- maverick South African pacer Dale Steyn and Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan. The Sunrisers had a good last season with some good games and close finishes and will look forward to keep the momentum. The Hyderabadis now have a $6 million auction purse and two right-to-match cardsgoing inot the auction next month.
The 2014 IPL auction will be held on February 12 in Bangalore.
With the deadline for the IPL franchises to announce their list of retained players here, all the eight Indian Premeier League franchises have announced their list of retained players.
The auction for the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to take place on February 12, but the teams had till today to announce the names of all the players they wanted to retain from their current squads. All the teams had an option of retaining upto five players from their squads, with not more than four of them being capped Indian players. In addition, the teams also have an option of matching the bid of additional players from the squad. The number of matching bids with the team depends on the number of players retained. Each retention puts a hole in the Rs 600 million purse given to each franchise for the auction.
Here are the names of all the players retained by the franchises.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (3): Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers
Chennai Super Kings (5): Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, and Dwayne Bravo
Delhi Daredevils (0): No retentions.
Kings XI Punjab (2): David Miller and Manan Vohra.
Kolkata Knight Riders (2): Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine
Mumbai Indians (5): Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, and Ambati Rayudu.
Rajasthan Royals (5): Shane Watson, James Faulkner, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, and Sanju Samson
Sunrisers Hyderabad (2): Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn
Detailed reports to follow..