IPL: CSK, RR allowed to retain players

Jessica Allison
December 7, 2017

"The player pool available for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for retention/Right to Match will be the players' who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017", he added.

"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".

The IPL Governing Council and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) met in New Delhi on Wednesday to discuss IPL Player retention policy, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues.

If only two players are retained, then the first will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap, and the second INR 8.5 crore. If a franchise does not retain any player before the auction it can still retain only three using right-to-match cards. Instead, both the teams can retain players from their 2015 squad who played for Rising Pune Supergiant or Gujarat Lions last season. However, it was decided not more than three Indian and two foreign players can be retained by a franchise. (On MS Dhoni coming back to CSK as captain) Obvious, yes.

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Meanwhile, salary caps were also set for players starting from Rs 80 crore, in 2018, to Rs 82 crore and then Rs 85 crore in subsequent years. For example, if CSK chooses not to retain Dhoni directly and he is placed on auction instead, CSK will have the right to match the highest bid for him and retain him that way.

In terms of squad size, the previous squad limit of 27 has been reduced to a maximum of 25 players, up to eight overseas, and a minimum of 18 players. 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. It will grow by Rs 2 crore and Rs 3 crore for the next two editions respectively. Rajasthan Royals wanted everyone to go back to the auction pool, the report said.

The player auctions for the 2018 edition of the tournament are slated to be held in February.

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