The 2021 edition of IPL will be the 14th edition of the T20 competition. The eight teams are set to feature in a two-month-long tournament, likely to be held in April and May. The venue nation for the tournament has not been decided so far, but India and UAE are expected to be the front-runners.
Ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, which is expected to be held on February 11, the teams announced their list of retained and released players.
Complete list of retained and released players for IPL 2021
Chennai Super Kings
Having endured a forgettable season in 2020, Chennai Super Kings decided to give their squad a fresh look ahead of the next season. Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav and Murali Vijay, along with Piyush Chawla, the most expensive Indian player in the IPL 2020 auction, have been released. However, Suresh Raina, who made a surprise pull-out from IPL 2020, has been retained.
Kedar Jadhav, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Monu Singh, Shane Watson (retired)
MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Faf Du Plessis, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Josh Hazlewood, Lungi Ngidi, Ambati Rayudu, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Ruturaj Gaikwad, N Jagadeesan, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, R Sai Kishore
The Delhi Capitals, who finished as finalists in the 2020 season, have decided to let go Jason Roy and Sandeep Lamichhane, along with veteran quick bowler Mohit Sharma.
Jason Roy, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Tushar Deshpande, Keemo Paul, Alex Carey
Shreyas Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes
Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel have been traded to Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab, led by KL Rahul, had a topsy-turvy season in 2020, decided to release three overseas players, including Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) January 20, 2021
Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen, Tajinder Singh
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Ravi Bishnoi, Prabhsimran Singh, Deepak Hooda, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Darshan Nalkande, Ishan Porel and Harpreet Brar
Kolkata Knight Riders
Tom Banton, the young England batsman, was released by KKR ahead of the IPL 2021 season, having played just two games in his debut season. Dinesh Karthik was retained along with Kuldeep Yadav, contrary to reports that the two could be released ahead of IPL 2021.
Ali Khan and Harry Gurney are not part of either list on the KKR website.
Tom Banton, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Siddhesh Lad, M Siddharth
Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy
The five-time IPL winners and defending champions for IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians will look to become the first team to make it a hat-trick of title wins this year.
Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell McClenaghan, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan
In one of the biggest exclusions so far, Rajasthan Royals decided to release Steve Smith, their captain in 2020, from their squad for IPL 2021. Sanju Samson has been named the captain, while Kumar Sangakkara will be the director of cricket.
Steve Smith, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Akash Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Anirudha Joshi
Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The RCB side, led by Virat Kohli, reached the playoffs in IPL 2020, but still couldn’t end their quest for a maiden IPL title this time. Ahead of the 2021 season, they have released quite as many as ten players, including overseas stars like Chris Morris and Aaron Finch.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 20, 2021
Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Mann, Parthiv Patel
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Josh Philippe, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande
Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel have been traded from Delhi Capitals
Sunrisers Hyderabad, led by David Warner, made it to the playoffs in IPL 2020, despite being affected by a spate of injuries during the course of the tournament.
Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Billy Sandeep and Yarra Prithvi Raj
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) January 20, 2021
David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Basil Thampi, Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Abdul Samad, Mitchell Marsh, Virat Singh