That includes the likes of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prasidh Krishna, Jos Buttler, Trent Boult among others besides skipper Sanju Samson himself.
Senior England batter Joe Root had indicated his decision to pull out of the 2024 season after having remained on the bench throughout the 2023 season, and he was among the nine players released by the Royals on Sunday. It remains to be seen whether the Royals pursue him in next month’s auction or not.
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Also getting released from the franchise is senior West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder, who had little impact with bat or ball for the Royals last season, collecting 12 runs in eight appearances across the season along with four wickets. The Barbadian had three good seasons with the ball between 2020 and 2022 for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants, but simply could not deliver for the Royals this time around.
Pacer Obed McCoy, who played just one game in the entire 2023 season, too follows fellow West Indian Holder in the auction pool. The other players released by the Royals are Murugan Ashwin. KC Cariappa, KM Asif, Akash Vashisht, Abdul Basith and Kuldip Yadav (the pacer).
RR have also been part of the trading window, sending batter Devdutt Padikkal to Lucknow Super Giants in exchange of pacer Avesh Khan. Avesh’s inclusion shores up the Indian pace-bowling department that comprises Krishna, Navdeep Saini and Kuldeep Sen and he might just be given a long rope this season as one of RR’s first-choice seam options.
Rajasthan Royals retained players: Sanju Samson, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan (Traded from LSG), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kuldeep Sen, Sandeep Sharma, Riyan Parag, Dhruv Jurel, Kunal Singh Rathore, Jos Buttler, Trent Boult, Adam Zampa, Shimron Hetmyer, Donovan Ferreira.
Rajasthan Royals released players: Murugan Ashwin. KC Cariappa, KM Asif, Akash Vashisht, Abdul Basith, Kuldip Yadav, Joe Root, Jason Holder, Obed McCoy.
Rajasthan Royals remaining slots: RR have 17 players in the squad which includes five overseas players. It means they have space for eight more players including three overseas.
Rajasthan Royals purse remaining: RR have spent Rs. 85.5 crore on their current squad. They have Rs 14.5 crore still to spend.
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