Dhoni, Raina to return to CSK! IPL teams allowed to retain/RTM 5 players

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CSK have a chance to get back their core members of the team

Chennai Super Kings fans might be up for a celebration in the upcoming IPL season. After missing out in the league for 2 years, the 2 times champions are all but certain to have their talismanic players Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Mr. IPL Suresh Raina back in their clan. It is a great news for the South Indian city which symbolise CSK with their ‘local boy’ Dhoni.

The decision was made certain in a meeting between IPL Governing Council and Committee of Administrators (CoA) met in New Delhi on Wednesday that was set up to discuss IPL Player retention policy, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues.

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The following things were concluded from the meeting

A). Player Retention Policy

A team can have a maximum of 5 players from the team that they fielded in the previous season. A combination of 3 retained players(before auction) plus 2 Right to Match card(during auction) or 3 Right to Match card and 2 retained players. One team can neither retain nor use Right to Match card for more than 3 players.

• A maximum of either 3 retention or 3 RTM at the discretion of the franchises
• If there is no retention before player auction then franchises can have up to 3 RTM

Following will apply irrespective of player retention or RTM –

Maximum number of 3 Capped Indian players.
Maximum number of 2 Overseas players.
Maximum number of 2 Uncapped Indian players.

All this was a sigh of relief especially for CSK. The player pool available for CSK and RR for retention/RTM will be the players’ who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS and GL squads in IPL 2017. That means CSK have the likes of Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Suresh Raina to chose from(they can also have all 5 of them!!).

B). Salary Cap
2018 – INR 80 Crore
2019 – INR 82 Crore
2020 – INR 85 Crore

The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season.

(C). Player Retention Price Guideline

(i) Option 1

If 3 players are retained before auction
Player 1 will have a salary cap of INR 15 Cr
Player 2 will have a salary cap of INR 11 Cr
Player 3 will have a salary cap of INR 7 Cr

(ii) Option 2

If 2 players are retained
Player 1 will have a salary cap of INR 12.5 Cr
Player 2 will have a salary cap of INR 8.5 Cr

(iii) Option 3

If only 1 player is retained he will have a salary cap of INR 12.5 Cr

Uncapped players INR 3 crore per player.

The deduction from salary purse in case of retention will be determined on the basis of guideline price or actual price (whichever is higher).

(D). Minimum Auction Reserve Price

The reserve price has also been increased for both capped and uncapped players. It means an uncapped player who had a reserve price of-

INR 10 lakh will now get INR 20 lakh
INR 20 lakh will now get INR 30 lakh
INR 30 lakh will now get INR 40 lakh
For the capped players the following changes have been made:-

INR 30 lakh has been increased to INR 50 lakh
INR 50 lakh has been increased to INR 75 lakh

(E). Franchise Squad Size
A maximum of 25 players (up to 8 overseas) and a minimum of 18 players.

The meeting was chaired by IPL Chairman Mr Rajeev Shukla and attended by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).


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