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07 December 2017, 01:54 | Kristopher Drake
Effectively, the IPL Governing Council has enabled CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the two franchises which will make a comeback to the league in the 2018 edition after serving a two-year suspension for alleged spot-fixing and betting, to retain the players which were on their 2015 roster.
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. Moreover, if a franchise doesn't retain even a single player before the auction, they still can't use more than three RTMs.
- Maximum of two Uncapped Indian players. RTM refers to a franchise's right to match the highest bidder for a player it is interested in.
Two new teams, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads were introduced to replace the suspended teams.
MS Dhoni, the former India skipper, is all set to return to the Chennai Super Kings franchise for the 2018 Indian Premier League after the IPLGoverning Council cleared the path for his return.
Chennai Super Kings MS-Dhoni in action against Delhi Daredevils during IPL. From INR 66 crore in the last two auctions (2016 and 2017), the salary cap will be INR 80 crore in 2018.
The other restrictions on player retention are: a maximum of three capped Indian players can be retained, and only two overseas players and two uncapped Indian players can be retained.
George also confirmed that they can only retain players who played for them in 2015.
"The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season", BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting.
For uncapped players' retention, the franchises will have to dish out INR 3 Crores per player from their pre-auction purse.
If a team does not wish to retain any player, it will still have the option of three Right to Match. For instance, if Royal Challengers Bangalore opt against retaining Chris Gayle and one of the other franchises buy him for an amount, say INR 5 Crores, then RCB can activate their RTM and get Gayle back for the same amount, i.e INR.5 Crores.
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