Chennai Super Kings:
With a number of Australian players on tour to the West Indies and unavailable for the early part of the season,CSK will need a cover for Mike Hussey. Someone like Daniel Harris or Michael Klinger an opening pair with a proven CLT20 record for the Redbacks might come at a bargain,while Sri Lankas Upul Tharanga offers a left-handed option.
While they are well-stocked in both the seam and spin bowling departments,Chargers could do with another batsman.The Kochi pair of Mahela Jayawardene and Brendon McCullum will no doubt interest them,but Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor and Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal are less expensive.
Delhi dearly need a greater range of spin options. The unavailability of England players in the latter half of the competition might prevent them from bidding for Graeme Swann,and cause them to dip into the pool of ageing international retirees that includes Muttiah Muralitharan,Stuart MacGill and Brad Hogg. The Trinidad and Tobago duo of Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine,however,might prove better bets.
Kings XI Punjab:
With Adam Gilchrist older by another year and Dinesh Karthik leaving for Mumbai,Punjab need a wicketkeeper-batsman. Parthiv Patel and Brendon McCullum are the obvious options,but Dinesh Chandimal will come at a less hefty price.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
The Knight Riders were a little thin on the pace front last season,with no depth beyond Brett Lee,Jaidev Unadkat and Lakshmipathy Balaji. RP Singh,Vinay Kumar and Sreesanth are Indian and available,while the overseas pace shelves are richly stocked with the likes of Vernon Philander,Marchant de Lange and Doug Bracewell.
With Andrew Symonds proving a failure in the spin-bowling all-rounder front last season,MI have their sights set on Ravindra Jadeja as a like-for-like replacement.
Yuvraj Singhs absence is a major blow for the Warriors. If the West Indies didnt have such a busy schedule,Darren Bravo might have been the perfect replacement. With the international calendar as it is,someone like Brad Hodge or Owais Shah,with lots of IPL experience,might prove more viable.
For the Royals,2012 will be their first season without Shane Warne. Imran Tahir represents an interesting punt,both in terms of being a leg spinner and in the fact that hes combined well in limited-overs cricket with Royals off spinner Johan Botha.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB lack a genuine seam-bowling all-rounder. The West Indies play a lot of cricket during the IPL,but Andre Russell doesnt feature when they play in whites. Russells clean strikes down the order might provide the ideal counterpoint to Chris Gayles fireworks at the top. Irelands Kevin OBrien is another option.