Kings XI Punjab has released high-profile players Glenn Maxwell (10.75 crore) and Sheldon Cottrell (8.5 crore) ahead of the Indian Premier League 2021 auctions.

Afghanistan spin bowler Mujeeb ur Rahman, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, India batsman Karun Nair and South Africa quick Hardus Viljoen have also been released.

Kings XI Punjab staged an epic fightback in IPL 2020 after early jitters but it wasn't enough to earn the K.L. Rahul-led side a Playoffs spot. It won six and lost eight matches to finish with only 12 points.

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IPL 2021 is set to be held between April and May and efforts are on to host the tournament in India.

Kings XI released players: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, K Gowtham, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Jimmy Neesham, Hardus Viljoen and Karun Nair.

Kings XI retained players: K.L. Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Ravi Bishnoi, Prabhsimran Singh, Deepak Hooda, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep, M Ashwin, Nalkande, Ishan Porel, Harpreet