Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

IPL governing council reveal player retention policy ahead of 2018 season

IPL governing council reveal player retention policy ahead of 2018 season

It can be done through a combination of player retention before the auction and the use of Right-To-Match (RTM) cards during the auction. It paved the way for MS Dhoni's return to CSK.

"An IPL Franchise is eligible to secure up to five players by virtue of a combination of (Pre Player Auction) and (During the Player Auction)", BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said. That means a franchise not opting to directly retain any player will still be allowed only a maximum of three RTMs at the player auction.

For 2019 and 2020, the cap will be increased to ₹82 and ₹85 crore respectively.

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CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR), who will be returning to the league after serving two-year suspensions, will be allowed to retain players who played for their respective squads in the 2015 IPL season and those who were part of now defunct teams Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has made a decision to raise the salary cap for the eight franchises for next year's edition to Rs 80 crore from the previous cap of Rs 66 crore.

"The Indian Premier League Governing Council along with 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", the release stated.

Uncapped players stand to receive more at the auction with each segment receiving a INR 10 lakh boost.

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Dhoni played for Pune for the last two seasons as a stop-gap arrangement. So we are fine with that. Teams will have to spend a minimum of 75% of the salary cap for each season, the council said.

Hemant Dua, CEO, GMR Sports, which owns Delhi Daredevils, expressed satisfaction on the IPL Governing Council's decisions.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be an even bigger juggernaut next year, with the eight teams likely spending anywhere between Rs 480 crore and Rs 640 crore on players alone. In case of two retention, the team will lose Rs 12.5 crore and Rs 8 crore.

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

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