Indian Premier League franchises allowed to retain upto five players

Each franchise can secure 5 cricketers for IPL 2018

IPL 2018: Governing Council clears way for MS Dhoni's return to 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.

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 (during the auction), BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in a statement. Moreover, if a franchise doesn't retain even a single player before the auction, they still can't use more than three RTMs.

The IPL Governing Council, in their meeting on Wednesday 6th December, have come to a conclusion on the player retention policy for the 2018 IPL.

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.

"What has been decided in the meeting was that the franchises can retain three players and two Right to Match or two retentions and three Right to Match", said one of the members who attended the meeting. For the comeback teams, the Royals and the CSK, the GC announced that they will get to retain players from their pool of players who played for them in the 2015 edition of the IPL. Irrespective of player retention or RTM, a franchise can have a maximum of three capped Indian players, a maximum of two foreign players and a maximum of two uncapped Indian players.

MS Dhoni is all set to return to Chennai Super Kings for next year's Indian Premier League. (On MS Dhoni coming back to CSK as captain) Obvious, yes. For the 2018 IPL season, the salary budgets for the IPL teams have also been increased to 80 crores from 66 crores.

- Maximum of two Overseas players.

George also confirmed that they can only retain players who played for them in 2015.

Minimum expenditure: 75 percent of the salary cap for each season. 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.

The minimum auction reserve price of uncapped players has also been raised with the upper limit increased to Rs 40 lakh from Rs 30 lakh.

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