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KKR keep faith in all foreigners

Calcutta: Sahara Pune Warriors have not retained their last IPL season’s captain Sourav Ganguly. They have also released two of their high-profile foreign recruits — Graeme Smith and Jesse Ryder — who now return to the auction pool and will be available to the other franchises.

Australia captain Michael Clarke, who had a one-year contract with the Warriors, too is a free player now.

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, however, have retained 22 players, which includes all their foreign recruits, releasing just four relatively insignificant domestic players — Chirag Jani, Sanju Samson, Iresh Saxena and Jaydev Unadkat.

Speculations in some quarters regarding Chennai Super Kings’ Ravindra Jadeja were proved wrong as the all-rounder was retained by his team.

New owners of the Hyderabad franchise, Sun TV, have retained 20 players from the terminated Deccan Chargers.

According to the initial squads confirmed by the IPL teams for next year, Rajasthan Royals have retained the least number of players — 14 — and ended up with a salary cap balance of Rs 8,423,261 — the highest among the nine IPL franchises. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have retained the maximum number of players (27).