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5 Worst releases by franchises ahead of IPL 2020 Auction

Over the years, we have seen how the franchises take just one poor season into consideration and release a player who later joins another team and becomes a star.

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Dale Steyn. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

All the IPL franchises declared their list of retained and released players ahead of the IPL 2020 Auction on November 15 at 5 PM. There were a lot of surprising names present in the retention list while some star players were shockingly released by the teams. Royal Challengers Bangalore grabbed the headlines by ending their association with a host of their players while Kings XI Punjab too had some surprises in the store.

Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad released 5 players each while Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians made the final adjustments to their squad after being very active in the trade window this year. Kolkata Knight Riders raised a few eyebrows as well by declaring their list of released players ahead of the 2020 auction.

Over the years, we have seen how the franchises take just one poor season into consideration and release a player who later joins another team and becomes a star. The likes of Ambati Rayudu and David Warner are the best examples of the aforementioned statement. These releases are termed as the ‘worst releases’ and thus, in this article, we will have a look at the 5 worst releases by franchises ahead of IPL 2020 Auction.

1. Chris Lynn

Chris Lynn. (Photo: IANS)

The hard-hitting Australian opener, Chris Lynn had wowed everyone with his clean hitting for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. He had been an integral part of the Shahrukh Khan-owned franchise and the Aussie had formed a destructive opening pair with the Caribbean all-rounder, Sunil Narine.

Lynn had played 13 matches for Knight Riders in IPL 2019 where he had aggregated 405 runs at a healthy strike rate of 139.65. The right-handed batsman had struck 4 half-centuries while his highest score was 82.

Despite having such good numbers, Kolkata has released him and what is more surprising is that Lynn’s ‘Bash Brother’ Brendon McCullum has joined the coaching staff of KKR this year and he has decided to release the Aussie from the team.

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