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IPL 2020: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) release five players from their squad

Reports have emerged that the franchise has an interest in young Tom Banton, who has done well in franchise cricket.

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Mohit Sharma
Mohit Sharma. (Photo Source: IANS)

The Indian Premier League Governing Council had fixed the deadline for submitting the franchises final list of retained and released players by 15th November 2019. A lot of buzz and predictions had been voiced regarding whom will the franchises release. However, the three-time champions and last-year finalists CSK have become the first team to reveal the list of retained players.

On 14th November, the Whistle Podu army had sent a tweet, where they told the fans that the team would be releasing five players from their squad. On November 15, the team, in a series of tweets, named those 5 players, along with making the fans aware of their remaining purse money.

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The five released players were – Chaitanya Bishnoi, David Willey, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, and Mohit Sharma. All these five players had been with CSK for two seasons but weren’t able to cement their place in the playing XI. Moreover, many of them have been out-of-form or injured off late.

CSK left with 14.6 crores

While the injury was the primary reason for releasing Mohit Sharma, the Chennai-based franchise did not specify the clear reason for releasing others. The team also wished farewell to all the players, wishing for their success. Lastly, the team also made clear that it has now a purse of Rs 14.6 crores for the upcoming auctions, which is to be held on 19th December 2019.

The purse value was a combination of Rs 3.2 crores that the team was left with after IPL 2019 auctions, Rs 8.4 crores that the team added to its kitty via those 5 releases, and finally the additional 3 crores, that has been given to every team for IPL 2020 auctions.

Of late, there have been many talks about CSK not having many youngsters to choose from, who will take ahead the legacy of MS Dhoni and other veteran players in the team. However, the team has released many of the youngsters, with only Deepa Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad being there in the team.

Reports have emerged that the franchise has an interest in young Tom Banton, who has done well in franchise cricket. Therefore, it would be interesting to see how the franchise builds up its squads for the upcoming season.

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