Chennai Super Kings have released six players ahead of the mini-auction next month for the 2021 Indian Premier League.
The released players are Mr. Vijay, Piyush Chawla, Monu Kumar Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh and Shane Watson, who announced his retirement after last year’s edition.
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Despite some controversy surrounding Suresh Raina’s abrupt departure from the UAE before the tournament started last year, which did not go well with the team’s management, the former Indian batsman was retained.
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The team missed his serves last year and would hope for stability once they return.
The three-time champion had his worst season in 2020 finishing last in the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking about the choice to release the players and what they are looking for, CSK CEO KS Viswanathan said, “We think we need to strengthen our hitting roster and look to infuse young blood. Another niche we’ll be looking at is that of an off-spinner. “
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With two skaters in Karn Sharma and Imran Tahir, Chawla who was picked last year has been released, freeing up Rs 6.75 crore. On the other hand, Jadhav had not given birth in the past two years.
CSK will enter the auction with a purse of Rs 22.9 crore and can fill a maximum of seven slots, including a foreign player, but Viswanathan said they would seek to fill only three to four slots as this allows the team to be aggressive to get their first-choice players.