Earlier today, the IPL Governing Council (GC) announced the retention policies and the revised salary caps ahead of the 2018 IPL auction. Teams will have to spend a minimum of 75% of the salary cap for each season, the council said. CSK and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, which shook the league to its core and allegedly involved not just players but also some top officials of the two franchises. 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. CSK will have to primarily choose between R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina or a foreign player such as Dwayne Bravo in whom the Chennai team continues to have faith.
'MSD, ' who had played for Pune in the last two editions - first as captain and second as a player - minced no words to publicly betray his soft corner towards the Chennai team and its fans.
Following a two-year suspension, Rising Pune Supergiant roped in the wicket-keeper batsman during the 2016 edition of the IPL. The players who played for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royal respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017, will be part of the pool available to CSK and RR for retention or Right to Match, decided the IPL Governing Council.
Also, every team can retain up to five players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) (applicable during the Player Auction). Salary caps have been set at Rs 80 crore for 2017, 82 crores for 2019 and 85 crore for 2020.
If there is no retention before the player auction then franchises can choose three players through RTM.
The decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council's meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) here. Interestingly, the GC made a decision to let the teams retain a maximum of 3 capped Indian cricketers.
If the franchise retains two players: The cost of the players will be 12.5 and 8.5 crores INR respectively.
The auction for the new IPL season will begin in February.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked franchises as to how many players they would like to retain.