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IPL 2018: Gambhir bowled out of KKR's retention list; Narine, Russell stay

18 cricketers retained ahead of the player auction; salary purse also increased to Rs 800 million

Urvi Malvania  |  Mumbai 

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Kicking off the 2018 edition of the (IPL), eight franchises in the annual announced the names of the players that were retained ahead of the player auctions on January 27. Eighteen players, including six overseas players, were retained.

According to the provision, each team can retain up to three players ahead of the auction. Four teams — (CSK), Indians (MI), (DD), and (RCB) — have taken advantage of this provision.

The six overseas players, which were retained, are (DD), (Kolkata Knight Riders), (Kolkata Knight Riders), (RCB), (Rajasthan Royals), and (Sunrisers Hyderabad).

While the likes of Virat Kohli, and were expected to be retained, there were some surprises. Many expected to retain Gautam Gambhir, but he didn’t figure in the list. Similarly, SRH decided to let go of Dhawan in favour of Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

This also means the auction will see some big names being up for grabs. Apart from Gambhir, players such as Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Shaun Marsh, Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, and Krunal Pandya will be part of the auction pool. Ben Stokes, last year’s most expensive player, also finds himself up for auction. This season will see RR and CSK returning to the league after a two-year suspension.

According to the revised rules set by the Governing Council late last year, each team can retain up to five players from its 2017 team. However, ahead of the auction, only up to three players can be retained. During the auction, up to three players may be retained using the Right to Match (RTM) provision, which implies that a team may match the final bid price for a player in order to retain him.

The salary purse for this year’s auction has also been increased to Rs 800 million. The money for the retained players will be deducted from this purse. With every new cycle, each team starts with Rs 800 million and by the end of the auction, they are supposed to spend at least 75 per cent of it.

“For the 11th season of the IPL, we are pleased to retain Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Virat has been a part of since the inception of the league, and is the team’s captain — on and off the field.

The camaraderie and teamwork between Virat and de Villiers has been the backbone of the team for several seasons, and we want to build on that. Sarfaraz is one of the players, which we believe will rise to great heights, not just in the but in world We believe that together — Virat, de Villiers and Sarfaraz —embody the ‘play bold and fearless’ outlook that is inherent in RCB, and we are excited to retain them for 2018,” Chairman said.

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 02:57 IST