Bengaluru, Jan 4: Yuvraj Singh, Dale Steyn, Kevin Pietersen, Ishant Sharma were among the big names released by Indian Premier League (IPL) teams ahead of the new season.
With the deadline for retention of players for IPL 2016 ending on December 31, 2015 at 5 PM IST, the 6 franchises announced their squads before next month's auction in Bengaluru.
Yuvraj, who was bought at last year's auction by Delhi Daredevils for a record price of Rs 16 crore, has not retained his place. He will again be in the auction pool on February 6.
101 cricketers including 37 overseas players were retained by the 6 teams while 61 were released. 2 new franchises - Pune and Rajkot (replacements for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals) have picked 5 players each from IPL Draft last month.
IPL 2016, the 9th edition of the Twenty20 tournament, takes place from April 9 to May 29.
Here is the full list of players released by 6 franchises ahead of IPL 2016
Delhi Daredevils (11)
Yuvraj Singh, CM Gautam, Domnic Joseph Muthuswamy, Jaydev Unadkat, KK Jiyaz, Kona Srikar Bharat, Manoj Tiwary, Angelo Mathews, Gurinder Sandhu, Marcus Stoinis, Travis Head.
Kings XI Punjab (8)
Karanveer Singh, Parvinder Awana, Shivam Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Yogesh Golwakar, Beuran Hendricks, George Bailey, Thisara Perera.
Kolkata Knight Riders (10)
Veer Pratap Singh, Aditya Garhwal, KC Cariappa, Sumit Narwal, Vaibhav Rawal, Patrick Cummins, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Neesham, Azhar Mahmood, Johan Botha.
Mumbai Indians (10)
Aditya Tare, Abhimanyu Mithun, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Aiden Blizzard, Aaron Finch, Alex Hales, Ben Hilfenhaus, Colin Munro, Josh Hazlewood.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (14)
Vijay Zol, Ashok Dinda, Dinesh Karthik, Iqbal Abdullah, Jalaj Saxena, Manvinder Bisla, Sandeep Warrier, Shishir Bhavane, Subramaniam Badrinath, Yogesh Takawale, Nic Maddinson, Darren Sammy, Rilee Rossouw, Sean Abbott.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (9)
Chama Milind, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Praveen Kumar, Dale Steyn, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara.