Top Cricketers like Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were among the list of 140 players, including 44 overseas players, to be retained in 2017 Indian Premier League.
Among the notable players who have been retained for the forthcoming season are MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin of Pune Super giants as well as Australian captain
Steve Smith and South African Faf du Plessis. Gujarat Lions retained Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Bravo.
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore with 20 players each. Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga as well as Harbhajan Singh will stay in Mumbai Indians itself.
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore with AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, and Mitchell Starc.
Kolkata Knight Riders retained 14 players. Among the notable name Dale Steyn will miss the forthcoming IPL.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said the franchises have spent a total of 384.67 cores, while a combination purse of 143.33 crores remains.
The auction for the IPL 2017 is tentatively scheduled for February 4, 2017.