The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 auction is all set to get underway within a few days and the franchises have all started making their player retentions. Apart from Dhoni, who the franchise has locked in for the next three seasons, the franchise has kept all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, both of whom were instrumental in CSK winning the IPL championship in 2021.
Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, is also in negotiations to join CSK. CSK believe Ali might be a useful performer on the slow, turning Chennai track, especially now that BCCI secretary Jay Shah has declared that the next IPL season will be held in India.
CSK would have left-arm medium-pacer Sam Curran as their fourth retained player if Ali does not agree to stay. Furthermore, in what comes as a surprising development, CSK has not retained Suresh Raina, making it the first time to ever happen that Raina has not been retained by the franchise. The former India batsman has been out of form and has missed out on crucial IPL knockout games in the past couple of seasons.
The franchises must submit their retained player lists by November 30, and the IPL 2022 blockbuster auction will take place next month.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Capitals have elected to retain wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, all-rounder Axar Patel, opening batsman Prithvi Shaw, and bowler Anrich Nortje.
As per reports, the Delhi Capitals discharged Shreyas Iyer because he wanted to be the team’s captain, but the organisation preferred Rishabh Pant to be the team’s captain moving forward.
As for Mumbai Indians, the franchisee will be retaining skipper Rohit Sharma while they are in talks with West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard about their retention plans. Mumbai Indians are likely to retain Jasprit Burmrah and Suryakumar Yadav. While youngster Ishan Kishan is also in contention of being retained.
Kolkata Knight Riders are apparently in discussion on who between Shubman Gill or Venkatesh Iyer should be retained. It is understood that the franchise will retain its MVP players Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.
Speaking of the two newly formed franchises, Sanjiv Goenka’s RPSG group and CVC Capitals, they have started approaching top tier players including all-rounder KL Rahul, who, according to the latest reports, has decided to leave Punjab Kings.
All clubs are permitted to keep a maximum of four players under the BCCI’s retention rules for IPL 2022. Before the big auction is scheduled for next month, the list must be submitted by November 30.
Reportedly, BCCI is planning to begin the 15th season of the IPL in Chennai on April 2, 2022. The final might take place the first weekend in June, on June 4 or 5, according to reports.
IPL 2022: Players retained so far
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali/Sam Curran
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard (talks on), Ishan Kishan (likely)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell