Whom should CSK and Rajasthan retain for IPL 2018?

Esther Moore
December 7, 2017

The IPL Governing Council hiked the salary budget of the franchises from ₹66 crore to ₹80 crore for next year's auction, tentatively set for February.

"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.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) was the other IPL team to be banned for the same duration after the betting ring was busted. However in the meeting it was discussed that teams could retain not more than than three Indian and two foreign players. The maximum cap for uncapped cricketers will be Rs 40 lakh. Following the suspension of the franchise for two years, Dhoni captained the Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2016 Indian Premier League and was part of the squad that entered the final in the previous edition, which they lost by one run to Mumbai Indians. CSK and RR have the allowance to retain players from among those who played for them in the 2015 season and it is nearly certain that Dhoni will be back in CSK colours in the next season.

The BCCI has allowed an IPL franchise to retain or secure five players through the Right to Match (RTM) clause.

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Options are available. Teams could opt for two retentions and three Right to Match or three retentions and two Right to Match.

Governing Council, on Wednesday, decided that the recently reinstated Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will be able to retain players who played for them respectively in IPL 2015, and those who were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads last season.

The IPL governing council has confirmed a number of details about the big player auction that will take place ahead of the 2018 edition of the tournament. Moreover, if a franchise doesn't retain even a single player before the auction, they still can't use more than three RTMs. A franchise can secure a maximum of two uncapped Indian players. Salary caps have been set at Rs 80 crore for 2017, 82 crores for 2019 and 85 crore for 2020. This is a departure from existing price tags, which saw the first retained player receive INR 12.5 crores with subsequent retainees costing the franchise 9.5, 7.5, 5.5 and 4 crores respectively.

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