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The nine Franchises of the Indian Premier League announced their preliminary squad of players today for the 2013 season. Under the terms of their IPL contract, the Franchises had the option to extend the agreements with their players for the 2013 season on the same financial terms as the last. A total of 179 players have had their contracts so extended, while a whole host of others have been released.
For players who were signed only on a temporary basis on a short term contract due to the unavailability of another member of the squad, the Franchises can now offer the player permanent terms, having cleaned out space in their squad. This is most pertinent in case of overseas players with only 11 allowed in any squad.
High profile players who have been released from their respective squads include England's T20 skipper Stuart Broad, Australians Michael Clarke, George Bailey, Steve Smith, Daniel Christian, Clint McKay and Glenn Maxwell, and South Africans Graeme Smith, Johan Botha and new superstar Gulam Bodi. Additionally, Sri Lankan offspinner Suraj Randiv and allrounder Thisara Perera have also been released by their respective squads.
All the aforementioned players will have the opportunity to return to the IPL next season should they so desire by going through the player auction route once again. The date for next season's auction has yet to be announced, but the trading window for players does open on 19th November.
The same day onwards, the Franchises will be able to sign new uncapped Indian players, including the 52 players whose contracts were not extended.
Some of the more high profile Indian players who have been released from their respective squads are Abhishek Nayar from the Kings XI Punjab, Mohammad Kaif from the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Manpreet Gony from the erstwhile Deccan Chargers, who are certain to change their name now having been bought over by the Sun TV Network.
The new Hyderabad Franchise owners have interestingly opted to retain 20 members of last year's squad.
Each franchise has a Salary Cap of up to $12.5m to spend on their 2013 squad of upto 33 players, of whom a maximum of 11 can be from overseas.
Kolkata Knight Riders (22 players, 10 overseas, $2.1 million left): Brad Haddin, Brendon McCullum, Brett Lee, Debabrata Das, Eoin Morgan, Gautam Gambhir, Iqbal Abdulla, Jacques Kallis, James Pattinson, L Balaji, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Manoj Tiwary, Manvinder Bisla, Marchant de Lange, Pradeep Sangwan, Rajat Bhatia, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sarabjit Singh Ladda, Shakib Al Hasan, Shami Ahmed, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan.
Chennai Super Kings (15 players, 6 overseas, $3.1 million left): Albie Morkel, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, MS Dhoni, M Vijay, Nuwan Kulasekara, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, S Anirudha, S Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha.
Delhi Daredevils (18 players, 7 overseas, $1.6 million left): Ajit Agarkar, Andre Russell, David Warner, Irfan Pathan, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Manpreet Juneja, Morne Morkel, Naman Ojha, Pawan Negi, Roelof van der Merwe, Ross Taylor, Shabaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav, Unmukt Chand, Varun Aaron, Virender Sehwag, Yogesh Nagar.
Kings XI Punjab (20 players, 7 overseas, $7.2 million left): Adam Gilchrist, Azhar Mahmood, Bharghav Butt, Bipul Sharma, Ryan Harris, David Hussey, David Miller, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Gurkeerat Mansingh, Harmeet Singh Bansal, Mandeep Singh, Nitin Saini, Parvinder Awana, Paul Valthaty, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, R Sathish, Shaun Marsh, Siddharth Chitnis, Sunny Singh.
Mumbai Indians (27 players, 7 overseas, $1.8 million left): Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Aiden Blizzard, Ambati Rayudu, Amitoze Singh, Apporv Wankhade, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Herschelle Gibbs, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Kuldeep Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Munaf Patel, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rahul Shukla, Robin Peterson, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, T Suman, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal.
Pune Warriors (24 players, 6 overseas, $3.9 million left): Alfonso Thomas, Ali Murtaza, Angelo Mathews, Anustup Majumdar, Ashish Nehra, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dheeraj Jadhav, Eklavya Dwivedi, Harpreet Singh Krishnakant Upadhyay, Luke Wright, Mahesh Rawat, Manish Pandey, Marlon Samuels, Mitchell Marsh Mithun Manhas, Murali Kartik, Rahul Sharma, Raiphi Gomez, Robin Uthappa, Shrikant Wagh, Wayne Parnell, Yuvraj Singh.
Rajasthan Royals (14 players, 5 overseas, $8.4 million left): Ajinkya Rahane, Ajit Chandila, Ankeet Chavan, Ashok Menaria, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Kevon Cooper, Rahul Dravid, S Sreesanth, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait, Shreevats Goswami, Siddharth Trivedi, Stuart Binny.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (20 players, 6 overseas, $2.7 million left): AB De Villiers, Abhimanyu Mithun, Andrew McDonald, Arun Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara, Chris Gayle, Daniel Vettori, Harshal Patel, KP Appanna, Karun Nair Mayank Agarwal, Muttiah Muralitharan, Vinay Kumar, S Aravind, Saurabh Tiwary, Syed Mohammad, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Vijay Zol, Virat Kohli, Zaheer Khan.
Hyderabad Team - formely Deccan Chargers (20 players, 6 overseas, $7 million left): Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Akash Bhandari, Akshath Reddy, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Bharat Chipli, Biplab Samantray, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Ravi Teja, Ishant Sharma, JP Duminy, Rusty Theron, Kumar Sangakkara, Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Veer Pratap Singh.
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