Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni set to reunite with Chennai Super Kings

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni set to reunite with Chennai Super Kings

For the past two seasons of Indian Premier League 2018, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were in suspension and banned for alleged spot-fixing and betting.

It also decided that an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise can retain or secure through the Right to Match (RTM) clause a combined total of five players for the 2018 edition of the Twenty20 cricket tournament, it was announced on Wednesday.

If there is no retention before player auction then franchises can have up to 3 RTM.

The IPL Governing Council, along with the Committee of Administrators (CoA), discussed player retention, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues in a meeting held in the national capital.

If only two players are retained, then the first will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap, and the second INR 8.5 crore.

They were replaced by Rising Pune Supergiants - who employed Dhoni as captain - and the Gujarat Lions.

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Chennai Super Kings now have the option of retaining skipper MS Dhoni when they make their return to the Indian Premier League in 2018.

The purse money has been by increased for each franchise from Rs. 66 crore to Rs. 80 crore by the council.

Chennai Super Kings MS-Dhoni in action against Delhi Daredevils during IPL.

The retention policy also explained the number of players who can be retained depending on their capped or uncapped status. To further explain the math, the first player to be retained pre-auction will get Rs 15 crore, the second player will get Rs 11 crore and and third Rs seven crore. The player auction is scheduled for February next year.

In the subsequent years, the franchises will be allowed to shell out Rs 82 crore (in 2019) and Rs 85 crore (in 2020). The IPL said the franchises will need to spend at least 75% of the salary cap each season, and that each squad should contain between 18 and 25 players with a limit of eight overseas players per franchise. A right-to-match card gives the franchise the ability to buy back its player during the auction by matching the highest bid made for the player by another franchise, once the bidding is over.

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