10 iconic players released by franchises ahead of IPL 2016: Ahead of the February auctions for the IPL 2016, the franchises have made some interesting calls as they let go some big-names from their squad. A total of 61 players have been released by their respective franchises and will now go into the fresh auction pool scheduled for February 6 in Bangalore. Among them Kings XI Punjab let go the least players- 8 and Royal Challengers Bangalore the most- 14. The likes of Virender Sehwag were the obvious choice to have released as he announced his retirement from international cricket and IPL couple of months ago.
Here goes the list of some big-names whose services are no longer required for the team.
- Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen was left out by Sunrisers Hyderabad, but after looking at his fantastic form at the Big Bash League, surely the franchise would have bewailed. He was bought at his base price of INR 2 crore last year, but a shoulder injury kept him out of the tournament.