Five regional players released by IPL franchises
MUMBAI, India (CMC):
West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy is among five Caribbean players released by their Indian Premier League franchises, ahead of the new season, which bowls off next April.
The former Test skipper has been joined by pacers Ravi Rampaul, Jason Holder, Krishmar Santokie, and Kevon Cooper as players who will be seeking a new franchise for the upcoming IPL season.
Since his retirement from Test cricket earlier this year, Sammy has plied his trade extensively in the T20 leagues around the globe, playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in India, Glamorgan in England and more recently, Titans in South Africa.
A big-hitting lower-order batsman who bowls deceptive medium pace, Sammy is already a seasoned campaigner in the game's shortest form, having already played 143 T20s.
However, he spent just
two seasons with the Sunrisers franchise.
He and Holder, who has 52 T20s to his name, are among 10 players let go by Sunrisers.
Meanwhile, left-arm Santokie is among eight players released by giants Mumbai Indians, with Rampaul among seven let go by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Cooper, meanwhile, will be on hunt for a new club after spending the last three seasons with Rajasthan Royals.
He was this year reported in the IPL for having a suspect bowling action.