IPL governing council reveal player retention policy ahead of 2018 season

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The players who played for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royal respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017, will be part of the pool available to CSK and RR for retention or Right to Match, decided the IPL Governing Council.

Former India Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's path to join the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squad has been cleared after the IPL Governing Council on Wednesday allowed retention of maximum three players for the 2018 edition. The teams can also have a maximum of two foreign players which means CSK can choose two among three - Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo and Brandon McCullum.

The Governing Council meeting was attended by the members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

In the subsequent years, they can spend Rs 82 crore (in 2019) and Rs 85 crore (in 2020). Recently, as per the quotes in Sportskeeda, the team Director of CSK confirmed that they are not looking beyond MS Dhoni when it comes to naming their captain.

Meanwhile, the salary cap for teams for the 2018 edition is Rs. 80 crore.

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The teams will be allowed to buy back five players with options of two retentions and three Right to Match or three retentions and two Right to Match.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) was the other IPL team to be banned for the same duration after the betting ring was busted. The IPL GC decision - which states that a franchise can retain up to three players and use two Right To Match cards in the auction - may well have settled some player issue closer home also.

The permitted squad size has also been decreased by two and now teams can have a maximum of 25 players in the squad including a maximum of eight overseas players and the minimum squad size will be 18 players. If only one player has been retained, the salary cap will be Rs 12.5 crore.

If a franchise retains three players, then the first player would cost Rs 15 crore, second Rs 11 crore and the third Rs 7 crore. The player auction is tentatively set for February. Retaining just one player pre-auction would see a franchise lose Rs 12.5 crore from its purse.

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