Bengaluru, Dec 19: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will enter the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 Players' Auction with maximum funds among teams after all franchises announced their list of cricketers retained for next year's tournament. (Full list of players for IPL 2017 auction)
"The window for the franchises to retain players for the VIVO Indian Premier League 2016 season closed at 1700 hrs IST (December 15, 2016)," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a media advisory today (December 19). (IPL 2016 retention list)
Also read: FINAL List of squads for IPL 2017
"As many as 140 cricketers including 44 overseas players have been retained by the VIVO IPL franchises for 2017 season," it added. (IPL 2016 - Released players' list)
Among all 8 teams, Punjab have the maximum purse of Rs 23.35 crore for the auction. Their current squad strength is 18. [Dhoni removed as Rising Pune Supergiants captain]
Mahendra Singh Dhoni will again play for Rising Pune Supergiants as he was retained by the franchise. He led the side last year and is expected to continue as the skipper in the next edition too. Suresh Raina was retained by Gujarat Lions.
Here is the full list of players retained by 8 teams
Pune and Gujarat players
Pune have retained 16 players while Gujarat too have same number of cricketers in the squad for next year's IPL.
Mumbai and Delhi
Take a look at the players retained by Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Daredevils (DD).
Bangalore and Hyderabad
Reigning champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have retained 17 players while Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have 20. Captain Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle were retained by RCB. Note: On February 19, RCB and Mitchell Starc parted ways.
Punjab and Kolkata
Kolkata have retained the least number of players among all teams. Their current strength of the squad is 14. Punjab have 19 players.
Who has got how much money to spend in next year's Players Auction? Find out here. Punjab have more compared to other teams. Least funds are with Mumbai - Rs 11.555 crore.