A revamped IPL this season
New entrants Sahara Pune Warriors have registered all 30 players for the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League, which start on April 8, while the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Kolkata Knight Riders, which failed to make it to the semi-finals in the past three editions, have only 20 on their roster.
Defending champions and runners-up Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians have 24 and 23 players registered respectively.
Delhi Daredevils registered 29 players, RCB has 25 players. Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals have named 27 players for the cash-rich league.
The Preity Zinta-Ness Wadia co-owned Kings XI Punjab have named 23 players.
While Rajasthan Royals, who were penalised financially, exhausted their full purse, Mumbai Indians had only US $1739 of their US $9 million purse remaining. This is due to Mumbai Indians opting to retain four players --- Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh for US$ 4.5 million.
Deccan Chargers had the maximum amount, US $1.49 million, left after the buy-outs, followed by Kings XI Punjab, who had US $1.46 million (approx) left.
Image: A view of the Indian Premier League Trophy
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings are the defending champions. They completed a unique double last year, winning both the IPL and Champions League Twenty20.
The team, owned by India Cements, is based in Chennai and led by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Faf du Plessis.
Image: Logo of Chennai Super Kings
Mumbai Indians finished runners-up in the last edition of the tournament.
The team, owned by Reliance Industries, is captained by Sachin Tendulkar and based in Mumbai.Team:
Abu Nechim Ahmed
Surya Kumar Yadav
Yazvendra Singh Chahal
Image: Logo of Mumbai Indians
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders is the only team among the original eight franchises that never made it to the semi-finals.
The franchise, owned by Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan and based in Kolkata, recently became the ire of local fans after they opted not to retain former India captain Sourav Ganguly in the IPL Players' Auction.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla
Manvinder Singh Bisla
Shakib Al Hassan
Ryan ten Doeschate
Image: Logo of Kolkata Knight Riders
Kochi Tuskers Kerala
The Indian Premier League's new entrants Kochi finally named their team and also released the team's logo.
The franchise is named 'Kochi Tuskers Kerala'.
R P Singh
R Vinay Kumar
Y Gnanswara Rao
Image: Logo of Kochi Tuskers
Sahara Pune Warriors
Sahara Pune Warriors is the other new entrant in the fourth edition of the IPL, which kicks-off on April 8.
The team is owned by the Sahara Group and is based in Pune.
Harpreet Singh Bhatia
Image: Logo of Sahara Pune Warriors
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore finished second in 2009, having lost to Deccan Chargers in the final.
The team is owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya and based in Bangalore.
Asad Khan Pathan
AB de Villiers
Johan van der Wath
Image: The logo of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Rajasthan Royals stunned one and all when they won the inaugural IPL in 2008 under the leadership of Australian spin legend Shane Warne.
The team, owned by a consortium that includes Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra, was last year expelled by the BCCI but fought its way back after winning their case in the Mumbai high court.
The team is based in Jaipur.
Image: Logo of Rajasthan Royals
Deccan Chargers scripted a remarkable turnaround to win the 2009 IPL after having finished bottom of the standings in the previous season.
The team, owned by the Deccan Chronicle newspaper, is based in Hyderabad.
DB Ravi Teja
Harmeet Singh Bansal
Image: Logo of Deccan Chargers
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab was the other franchise that was expelled by the BCCI last year, but made its way back after challenging their explusion in the Bombay high court.
Kings XI Punjab, owned by a consortium that includes Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, made it to the semi-finals in 2009 but failed to make it to the last four in the next two editions.
The team is based in Mohali, Punjab.
Image: Logo of Kings XI punjab
Delhi Daredevils were beaten in the semi-finals in the 2008 and 2009 edition, but failed to make it past the group stage last year.
The franchise, owned by GMR Group, is based in New Delhi.
Roloef van der Merwe
Image: Logo of Delhi Daredevils