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IPL: CSK, RR allowed to retain players

IPL: CSK, RR allowed to retain players

The release added that even if franchises do not embrace the player retention option at all, they would still only have three RtM cards at the auction.

Following a two-year suspension, Rising Pune Supergiant roped in the wicket-keeper batsman during the 2016 edition of the IPL. 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 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.

Indian Premier League franchises can hold on to up to five players from their previous squads for IPL 2018 and beyond, the IPL Governing Council and the Committee of Administrators decided after a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday (December 6).

The total purse of each team will range from Rs 66 to 80 crores. This is a clear indication that MS Dhoni is likely to play for CSK again!

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"An IPL Franchise is eligible to secure up to 5 players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) (During the Player Auction)", BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting". The player auction is scheduled for February next year.

Dhoni has been associated with the CSK since the introduction of the team in 2018 and led them to two IPL titles in 2010 and 2011.

The franchise will be allowed to have a maximum of 25 players (up to 8 overseas) and a minimum of 18 players. Besides, the IPL also got a windfall of 16,347.50 crore thanks to its media rights, bought by STAR India.