So the buzz for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) has started. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked the franchise owners to submit their Retained Players List in November. However, it would be a trickier one this time, as all the teams bagged players for a three-year contract in the auctions early this year.

If the reports in The Mumbai Mirror are to be believed, the BCCI has asked IPL franchise owners to submit the retained players list on or before November 15th. During the course, they should also name their released players’ list as well.

As per the rule, a player is bought for three years. But, franchises can release any player after a season if they want. Also, they have an option of releasing players during the season is on, which has been the case with a couple of franchises previously.

Gautam Gambhir, IPL 2019, BCCI
Gautam Gambhir Image Courtesy: BCCI

Delhi Daredevils might release Gautam Gambhir:

One can expect some big names to be on the paper, who are set to get released. A few franchises might also consider releasing their high-budget players to get them back in the troop for less amount.

The biggest name on the card could be Delhi Daredevils’ Gautam Gambhir, whose return to his home-based franchise hasn’t gone well. Meanwhile, Rajasthan might release Jaydev Unadkat, who failed to repeat his mojo in this season.

Unadkat, Retained Players List
Jaydev Unadkat. Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

On the other hand, the runners-up, Sunrisers Hyderabad might release Manish Pandey, who did nothing to get retained. Also, Kolkata Knight Riders might consider releasing Mitchell Johnson as well.

All in all, it would be intriguing to see how franchises deal the upcoming challenge. Meanwhile, the interesting thing would be whether the defending champions Chennai Super Kings would retain the same squad or not.