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10 high-profile players released by IPL teams who could be stars for other teams

Shakib al Hasan, who would not have been eligible to play the next IPL, was among 71 players released by the IPL teams on Friday. Some of the other 70 players are likely to go for high bids in the IPL 2020 auction next month.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 15, 2019 9:31:42 pm
Chris Lynn has been released by KKR; Sam Curran has been released by KXIP.

A few big names were among the 71 players released on Friday by the eight IPL teams ahead of the IPL 2020 auction next month. Friday was the deadline for releasing, trading and retaining players. A total of 127 players have been retained including 35 foreigners.

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Shakib al Hasan, who would not have been eligible to play the next IPL, owing to his match-fixing ban, was released by SunRisers Hyderabad. Yuvraj Singh, another of the released players, has already announced that he will not play in the IPL.

Here are a few other big names from the T20 circuit who were let go of by the team, and who consequently are likely to go for big bids in next month’s auction.

Chris Lynn (KKR)

Chris Lynn (File Photo)

Lynn, the big-hitting Australian opener, was released by Kolkata Knight Riders after five fruitful seasons when he got the team off to a flying start on umpteen occasions.

Lynn played 13 matches for KKR last season, scoring 405 runs at a handsome average of 31.5 and a strike rate of 140.65.

David Miller (KXIP)

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Kings XI Punjab go into the auction on December 19 with a purse of Rs 42.70 crore, the biggest among the eight teams after they released eight players including South Africa’s Miller.

Miller went on to become one of the batting mainstays for Kings XI Punjab over the past eight seasons, scoring 1850 runs in 79 games at a strike rate of 138.78.

Sam Curran (KXIP)

KXIP co-owner Preity Zinta with bowler Sam Curran as they celebrates after winning the Indian Premier League 2019 (IPL T20) cricket match against Delhi Capitals (DC) at I.S Bindra Stadium in Mohali Sam Curran (File Photo)

Sam Curran was another high-profile name released by Kings XI Punjab. One of the most exciting rising stars in world cricket, Curran played 9 matches in his debut season last year. He had a highest score of 55* and a best bowling effort of 4/11.

“Kings XI Punjab now have the highest salary cap available going into the auction while Royal Challengers Bangalore have the most number of player slots (12) available (including 6 overseas slots). After today’s deadline, Chennai Super Kings have the largest squad size (20),” read a BCCI statement.

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Carlos Brathwaite (KKR)

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Carlos Brathwaite treated the Eden Gardens crowd to one of the most memorable T20 performances of recent times when he played a blinder of a knock in the World T20 final against England three years ago, but he has failed to light up the Eden since then for Kolkata Knight Riders.

He had a forgettable season last year, playing only two matches without much returns.

Chris Morris (DC)

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South African all-rounder Chris Morris has been the man for all seasons for Delhi Capitals over the past few seasons. Be it bowling yorkers at the death, or be it coming up with matchwinning performances in the lower order, Morris has been Delhi’s saviour on many occasions.

However, the 32-year-old did not have the best of times last season. He had a batting average of just 5, and while he did take wickets, he conceded runs at an economy in excess of 9.

Shimron Hetmyer (RCB)

Shimron Hetmyer (File Photo)

“Of the eight franchises, Royal Challengers Bangalore (12) have released the most players while Sunrisers Hyderabad (5) have released the least players from their squad,” said the BCCI statement on Friday.

West Indies keeper-batsman Hetmyer, who comes with the reputation of being a big hitter, made 75 in one match last season, but did not make an impact other than that.

Marcus Stoinis (KXIP)

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Stoinis is another big name released by Royal Challengers Bangalore as they look to turn their fortunes next season.

Stoinis played a good hand for KXIP last season. He scored 211 runs from 10 matches at an average in excess of 50. He also took 2 wickets, bowling at an economy rate of 8.50.

Tim Southee (MI)

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New Zealand’s Tim Southee is one of the big overseas players who have never quite found their footing in the IPL. In fact, Southee has been part of the IPL since 2011, but only once has he played more than 10 matches all season.

The story for Southee was not much different last year. He played three matches for Mumbai Indians last year, taking 1 wicket, but at an economy rate in excess of 13.

Evin Lewis (MI)

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Mumbai Indians have released opener Evin Lewis this year after he featured in only three matches last season. The hard-hitting opener arrived from West Indies with a big reputation, and had a big role to play in the 2018 season for Mumbai Indians.

However, Lewis failed to shine in the limited opportunities he got last year, scoring 48 runs from 3 matches at a strike rate of 92.

Colin Munro (DC)

New Zealand vs Pakistan 2nd ODI Live Cricket Score: New Zealand take on Sri Lanka. (Source: AP) Colin Munro (File Photo)

New Zealand’s hard-hitting opener Colin Munro is one of the most destructive batsmen of modern cricket, but he has not yet set the IPL stage alight. He failed for Delhi Capitals last season as well, making 84 runs from 4 matches at an average of 14.75 and a strike rate of 125.

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