Winners of the 2012 and 2014 editions of IPL Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have announced their list of retained players. Under their new captain, Shreyas Iyer, they finished seventh on the points table in the last edition of the cash-rich league.
The team have made some notable releases and trades. Kolkata has retained 11 players and traded in 3 of them from other teams. The knight riders were the busiest during the trade window as they traded three players. Lockie Ferguson and Rahmanullah Gurbaz were traded from Gujarat Titans, and Shardul Thakur was traded from the Delhi Capitals.
Sam Billings and Pat Cummins will be unavailable for the upcoming season of the IPL. Cummins has sighted international commitments as a reason for missing the forthcoming edition.
In contrast, Billings stated that he wanted to focus on the test format and be in contention for England’s test team. Apart from the two, Alex Hales also doesn’t find a place in the team. According to reports, he will be unavailable for the IPL citing personal reasons.
The 𝙂𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙭𝙮 𝙤𝙛 𝙆𝙣𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙨 as of 15/11/22 💜
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) November 15, 2022
Ajinkya Rahane, one of the most experienced Indian batters in the league, has been released by the franchise after his poor outing in the previous edition. The team bought him at a base price of 1 cr. He scored 133 runs at an average of 19.33 and a strike rate of 103.91.
They have three overseas slots to fill in the auction. They have a remaining purse of 7.05 crores to fill the existing gaps in their squads.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Full list of Retained Players
Shreyas Iyer (capt) (12.25 crores), Nitish Rana (8 crores), Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell (12 crores), Sunil Narine (6 crores), Umesh Yadav (1 crore), Tim Southee (1.5 crores), Harshit Rana (20 lakhs), Varun Chakravarthy (8 crores), Anukul Roy (20 lakhs), Rinku Singh (55 lakhs)
Transfer: Shardul Thakur (10.75 crores), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (50 lakh), Lockie Ferguson (10 crores)