IPL 2023: 5 Released Players Likely to Go Unsold

Franchises released 85 players from their IPL 2022 squads, most of which will likely return to the IPL 2023 auction pool. The IPL 2023 mini-auction is scheduled for December 23 in Kochi. We see 5 Released Players Likely to Go Unsold.

In addition to the released players, many are international stars who have established themselves in world cricket. However, the franchises decided to let them go for several reasons. Now we discuss the five released players who might go unsold in the auction. 

5 Released Players Likely to Go Unsold in Mini-Auction

These are the five released players who might go unsold at the mini-auction.

Mohammad Nabi

Mohammad Nabi is one of the best all-rounders to have played from Afghanistan. KKR had purchased Mohammad Nabi at his base price of 1 crore during the IPL 2022 mega-auction.

Nabi has just played four matches during the 2020 and 2021 seasons and none for KKR in 2022.

Nabi hit 180 runs at a strike rate of 151.26 in 17 games. On the bowling front, he has bagged 13 wickets at an economy of 7.13. In the 2019 IPL season, he got the longest run when he featured in 8 games that included a 4-wicket haul.

Varun Aaron

Varun Aaron is an Indian cricketer. He is a Right-handed batsman and Right-arm Fast bowler. Throughout each season, he has played with Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Varun has played around 52 matches in his IPL career. His total runs scored is 50. He took a total of 44 wickets in IPL. Aaron is unlikely not to find any buyers during the mini-auction due to his poor performances in the problematic franchise-based league.

Ajinkya Rahane

KKR picked up Ajinkya Rahane at his base price of 1 crore in the last auction of IPL. He is the right-handed batter and one of the most seasoned IPL players. The two-time IPL champions gave Rahane the opening slot to provide some quick starts, particularly during the powerplay.

However, Rahane failed to meet expectations for the Men in Purple and Gold. He stroked 133 runs in seven games and played at a strike rate of 103. Furthermore, in his IPL career, Rahane scored 4074 runs at a strike rate of 120.68 in 158 matches.

Chris Jordan

CSK picked up Chris Jordan for IPL 2022, majorly to bowl at the death overs. Chris Jordan has previously played for several IPL franchises. In the end, Jordan failed to meet the expectations of the Yellow Army and was released. In IPL 2022, the right-arm seamer played 4 games and took just two wickets. He also bowled at a poor economy of 10.52. 

The ace seamer struggled again in the 2022 season, so IPL teams might not consider him in their arsenal for the next IPL season. He played just 28 matches and hit 75 runs in his IPL career. 

Tim Seifert

Tim Seifert is a right-handed New Zealand cricketer. He has played 159 games in the shortest format and aggregated 3143 runs at a strike rate of 125.56. Delhi Capitals signed him for 2022 because he can get the attack going from ball one. 

However, the Kiwi batter failed to meet expectations with his performances and could manage just 24 runs in two games. In his IPL career, he scored 26 runs in 3 games at a strike rate of 113.04. The swashbuckling batter has been out of form, so IPL franchises might not be interested in picking him at the upcoming auction.


How many players were retained in the IPL 2023 auction?

The 10 teams will head to the IPL 2023 auction held in Kochi on December 23. 163 players, including 50 overseas stars, were retained between the 10 franchises.


The 16th season of the Indian Premier League will begin on 25th March 2023 to May 28, 2023. At the same time, next month’s mini-auction will be held in Kochi. Ahead of the auction, the franchise decides against releasing and retaining its players. This article discusses the five released players who might go unsold at the auction. 

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