The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have released a massive pool of 16 players from their roster ahead of the Indian Premier League auction in December. It seems like the Knight Riders want to overhaul their entire side and start fresh in the auctions. They have released as many as six of their overseas players with some big names opting out of the cash-rich tournament.
The two-time IPL champions have been one of the most active teams in the trade window. Kolkata have traded in Shardul Thakur and Aman Khan from the Delhi Capitals and they also roped in Afghan star Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson from Gujarat Titans.
Kolkata have kept their faith in their experienced campaigners Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. The two T20 specialists have not been a part of the West Indies side but have been playing in franchise leagues across the world. They have also retained skipper Shreyas Iyer who will continue to lead the side in the upcoming edition.
Kolkata received a major blow when their three top players; Pat Cummins, Alex Hales, and Sam Billings opted out of next year’s IPL due to various reasons. They will now have to find suitable replacements to bolster their side.
IPL Auction: Full List of Players Retained And Released by RCB
Kolkata Knight Riders Retained players for IPL 2023
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Traded in)
Shardul Thakur (Traded in)
Lockie Ferguson (Traded in)
Kolkata Knight Riders Released Players
Aman Khan (Traded out)
Kolkata Knight Riders Remaining Purse: INR 7.5 crore
Overseas Slot left for Kolkata Knight Riders: 3