Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has been released from his Indian Premier League (IPL) contract by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for next year's 13th edition.
Steyn, who retired from Test cricket in August, only played two IPL matches this season after picking up a shoulder injury which resulted in him missing the Cricket World Cup in England.
In addition, Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris was dropped by the Delhi Capitals after picking up 13 wickets and scoring 32 runs in his nine matches in IPL 2019.
Hard-hitting batsman David Miller had a disappointing showing with the bat for the Kings XI Punjab, scoring 213 runs in 10 games, which saw his contract terminated.
Reigning champions, the Mumbai Indians, released Proteas fast bowler Beuran Hendricks, while they retained Proteas wicketkeeper/batsman Quinton de Kock.
The Chennai Super Kings retained Proteas star trio Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi after their impressive seasons with the runners-up.
The IPL's highest wicket-taker last season, Kagiso Rabada, was retained by the Delhi Capitals after the Proteas fast bowler picked up 25 wickets in his 12 matches.
India's favourite South African, AB de Villiers, was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore, which has been his IPL franchise since 2011.
Proteas fast bowler Hardus Viljoen was retained by the Kings XI Punjab side after taking seven wickets in his six matches this season.
Viljoen, who recently ended his Kolpak contract with Derbyshire, has played one Test for the Proteas in 2016.
The IPL 2020 player auction will take place in Kolkata on Thursday, December 19, 2019.
South African players retained:
Kagiso Rabada - Delhi Capitals
AB de Villiers - Royal Challengers Bangalore
Imran Tahir - Chennai Super Kings
Quinton de Kock - Mumbai Indians
Faf du Plessis - Chennai Super Kings
Lungi Ngidi - Chennai Super Kings
Hardus Viljoen - Kings XI Punjab
South African players released:
David Miller - Kings XI Punjab
Dale Steyn - Royal Challengers Bangalore
Chris Morris - Delhi Capitals
Beuran Hendricks - Mumbai Indians
Colin Ingram - Delhi Capitals
Anrich Nortje - Kolkata Knights Riders
Heinrich Klaasen - Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Compiled by Lynn Butler