Dhoni to be back as the leader of Super Kings

Dhoni to be back as the leader of Super Kings

If a team does not wish to retain any player, it will still have the option of three Right to Match. This gives CSK the chance to get their skipper MS Dhoni back in action for the 2018 season of IPL. The other two replacement teams were formed Rising Pune Supergiants where Dhoni captaining in 2016 IPL season and Gujarat Lions for the replacement of Rajasthan Royals.

"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. Much to the chagrin of a few existing teams, the privilege has also been extended to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who are coming back into the IPL after serving a sentence of two-year suspension.

So, if a franchise does not to directly retain any player, it will be allowed a maximum of three RTMs at the auctions. But if there is no retention before the player auction then the franchises can have up to three RTM.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has chose 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.

Each team will have to spend a minimum 75 per cent of the salary cap every season.

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Commenting on the fact that the team will get to pick the players from the 2015 IPL squad, the CSK director affirmed that they are not losing their head over it and are quite content with the rule.

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

The IPL Governing Council and 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.

For 2019 and 2020, the cap will be increased to ₹82 and ₹85 crore respectively. A franchise can secure a maximum of two uncapped Indian players. 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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