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As per the BCCI rule, each franchise can retain three Indians and one foreign player in their side, before the remaining go under the bidding hammer during the January auction.
Interestingly, KKR do not want to retain any of their players and want to spent their entire purse of $ 9 million — the money kept aside for retaining players — during the fresh auction, which is to be held in Mumbai on January 8-9.
A insider from KKR explained that with two IPL teams — Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab — terminated from the league, it will open windows for teams like KKR to pick good players from the larger pool of teamless cricketers.
“Honestly, there is nobody in the current KKR set-up worth retaining. Everybody knows how they performed since the league’s inception in the last three years. It makes more strategic sense to buy players from the auction, rather than spending millions in retaining any of these players,” a source said. With a December 4 deadline for the submission of the retained players list, most teams are said to have decided on who they would like the continue, and who goes into the auction pool.
Bangalore have penned down Virat Kohli and Ross Taylor, but are yet to decide on Anil Kumble’s future. The reasoning behind the move is explained by an RCB official. Players like Dravid and Kumble can be bought for a lesser price in the auction, so it makes no sense in spending a fortune in retaining them.”
Virender Sehwag is the only player retained by Delhi Daredevils, while even last year’s captain Gautam Gambhir hasn’t made the cut. Mumbai Indians’ choices come as no surprise, with Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard — the most expensive IPL player — and Zaheer Khan sure-shot candidates in the team’s wish-list. However, it is reliably learnt that India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is in currently in talks with new IPL team Sahara, based in Pune.
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings is the only team to have retained four players, with skipper MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay as the chosen Indians, and South Africa’s Albie Morkel the preferred foreigner.
Meanwhile, Deccan Chargers is yet to decide on their choices — team owner Venkat Reddy is set to return for the meeting soon — with Rohit Sharma being the only name to have been considered to hold his spot in the line-up.