New Delhi: Last season's highest auctioned players Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik were released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils respectively. Yuvraj was bought by RCB for a whooping sum of Rs 14 crore, while Karthik costed the Daredevils Rs 12.5 crore.
Yuvraj had a decent outing for the RCB last season scoring 376 runs in 14 matches. But the management felt otherwise and are looking for some fresh talent. Moreover Yuvi's exclusion from the 30-probables for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, and his lack of consistency is said to be a reason for his release.
Delhi released Karthik after he failed miserably last season as the team finished last in the standings. The move to get the South Zone wicketkeeper didn't work out for the team and they didn't waste time to show him the door.
The India discard was released alongside opener Murali Vijay, former England international and team skipper Kevin Pietersen and New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor. These big-name players failed to make an impact for the Daredevils as the franchise will look to have a wiser strategy during the auction this time.
According to reports, senior players Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan alongside other marquee Indian players such as Pragyan Ojha, and Cheteshwar Pujara were all released from their respective franchises.
Last season's champions Kolkata Knight Riders, however, have retained all their key players.
The auctions are likely to be held in the second week of January.