IPL franchises allowed five player retentions

IPL franchises allowed five player retentions

Options are available. Teams could opt for two retentions and three Right to Match or three retentions and two Right to Match.

In the wake of the latest IPL GC meeting, it is likely that MS Dhoni will return for Chennai Super Kings.

As per the report by the Indian Express, one franchise was reportedly on the side of retaining as many as five years, while another proposed retention of one player per team.

It was also decided that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, back in the mix now after having been suspended for the last two seasons, can retain players or use their RtM options for players who played for the two respective franchises in IPL 2015, and who were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017. The scandal led to the formation of the Lodha Committee, and the downfall of Srinivasan, if we may say, then the birth of committees like CoA.

Dhoni moved to Rising Pune Supergiant after CSK was banned for two years as the team's former principal Gurunath Meiyappan was found to be involved in betting activities related to the T20 league during the 2013 season. The franchises are now allowed to spend up to Rs 80 crore in 2018, compared to Rs 66 crore in 2017.

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The retention policies listed by IPL Governing Council on Wednesday has again opened doors for Dhoni to make a return to CSK.

The franchise will be allowed to have a maximum of 25 players (up to 8 overseas) and a minimum of 18 players. The player auction is tentatively set for February.

"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)", BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting, as reported by PTI. Besides, the IPL also got a windfall of 16,347.50 crore thanks to its media rights, bought by STAR India.

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