MS Dhoni set to join CSK squad for IPL 2018 edition

Lawrence Cooper
December 7, 2017

"The player pool available for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for retention/Right to Match will be the players' who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017", he added. Recently, the IPL Governing Council announced the various rules regarding the player retention policies for the upcoming auctions.

A franchise can secure a maximum of three capped Indian players and a maximum of two overseas players.

The IPL Governing Council, in its meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, has upped the player cap for the franchises for the next three years. If a franchise does not retain any player before the auction it can still retain only three using right-to-match cards.

Both CSK and RR can retain/use RTM for any of the players who represented them in the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League.

The Indian Premier League's Governing Council today cleared the decks for M S Dhoni's return to Chennai Super Kings by allowing teams to buy back a maximum of five players at the auction next year.

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Salary budgets for IPL teams have also been hiked to Rs 80 crore from Rs 66 crore for the 2018 season. He further said MS Dhoni's inclusion in CSK is subject to the player and the franchise itself. For example, if CSK chooses not to retain Dhoni directly and he is placed on auction instead, CSK will have the right to match the highest bid for him and retain him that way. Interestingly, the GC made a decision to let the teams retain a maximum of 3 capped Indian cricketers.

Top players such as Virat Kohli, who turned up for Royal Challengers Bangalore till this season, will most likely come in the Rs 15 crore bracket as they will be the most sought after by their old teams. If only one player is retained, then he will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap.

In July 2017, The Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Friday that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals would be back for 2018 IPL.

For uncapped players' retention, the franchises will have to dish out INR 3 Crores per player from their pre-auction purse. The BCCI stated that "The minimum spend will be 75 percent of the salary cap for each season".

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