Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Dhoni Likely to Don Chennai Super Kings Jersey in IPL 2018

Dhoni Likely to Don Chennai Super Kings Jersey in IPL 2018

This decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council's meeting with the all-powerful Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Delhi today.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting that "An IPL Franchise is eligible to secure up to 5 players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention [Pre Player Auction] and Right to Match [RTM] [During the Player Auction]". If a franchise opts not to retain any player, then, it will get three matching cards at the auction. Teams can retain a maximum of three players using either method. For Dhoni and CSK fans, it means that MSD will don the yellow jersey once again. In any case, maximum of only 3 retention or RTMs would be allowed. For the 2018 IPL season, the salary budgets for the IPL teams have also been increased to 80 crores from 66 crores. Out of five, three can be retained & two can be taken under Right to Match or vice-versa. 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. It was also made a decision to increase the total purse of each franchise from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore. The IPL said the franchises will need to spend at least 75% of the salary cap each season, and that each squad should contain between 18 and 25 players with a limit of eight overseas players per franchise.

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The meeting also resolved the issue of player retention. To further explain the math, the first player to be retained pre-auction will get Rs 15 crore, the second player will get Rs 11 crore and and third Rs seven crore.

In October this year, the IPL governing council floated a proposal, stating that CSK and RR can retain players who moved to Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions for two years following a draft. For the capped players, the mappings are as follows - from INR 30 lakh to INR 50 lakh; from INR 50 lakh to INR 75 lakh; base prices of INR 1 crore, 1.5 crore, and 2 crore remain the same. The minimum base price for capped Indian players has also increased from INR 30 lakh to INR 50 lakh.

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