IPL franchises allowed to retain up to five players

ChennaiSuper Kings will have the option to retain former captain MS Dhoni when the IPL is held in 2018. The IPL governing council has allowed teams to retain up to five players. CSK were banned from the IPL for two years due to corruption. MS Dhoni

For the past two seasons of Indian Premier League 2018, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were in suspension and banned for alleged spot-fixing and betting.

Meanwhile, on the player retention policy, franchises have been allowed to secure a maximum of five players through a combination of pre-auction retention and Right to Match (RTM) cards. However in the meeting it was discussed that teams could retain not more than than three Indian and two foreign players. A franchise can secure a maximum of two uncapped Indian players.

The IPL Governing Council had allowed a maximum of either three retentions or three Right To Match (RTM) at the discretion of the franchises. The other two replacement teams were formed Rising Pune Supergiants where Dhoni captaining in 2016 IPL season and Gujarat Lions for the replacement of Rajasthan Royals.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked franchises as to how many players they would like to retain.


The Indian Premier League's (IPL) governing council cleared the way for MS Dhoni on Wednesday return to Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which will return in the 2018 edition after concluding a two-year suspension. The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season to aid junior players. The IPL Governing Council also hiked the salary budget of the franchises from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore for the next year's auction, tentatively set for February.

If a team does not wish to retain any player, it will still have the option of three Right to Match.

Chennai Super Kings MS-Dhoni in action against Delhi Daredevils during IPL. The swashbuckling cricketer from Ranchi in Jharkhand has played in 159 IPL matches scoring 3,561 runs off 2,604 balls at an average of 37.88. For 2019 and 2020, the cap will be increased to Rs 82 and Rs 85 crore respectively. 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. The report said that Rajasthan Royals wanted everyone to go back to the auction pool again.

For the auctions, the base price of players have been increased in both capped and uncapped categories.

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