Monday, 11 December, 2017

MS Dhoni set to join CSK squad for IPL 2018 edition

Dhoni Likely to Don Chennai Super Kings Jersey in IPL 2018 Whom should CSK and Rajasthan retain for IPL 2018?
Spencer Simpson | 07 December, 2017, 01:51

Returning franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals can retain or use the RTM clause to secure the players who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017.

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.

Meanwhile, the salary cap for teams for the 2018 edition is Rs. 80 crore. Instead, both the teams can retain players from their 2015 squad who played for Rising Pune Supergiant or Gujarat Lions last season. For Dhoni and CSK fans, it means that MSD will don the yellow jersey once again. A retention of only two players would cost them INR 12.5 and 8.5 (INR 21 Crores) respectively.

CSK and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, which shook the league to its core and allegedly involved not just players but also some top officials of the two franchises.

In the event of the franchise not retaining a player directly, they will be allowed to use their right to match thrice during the player auction. 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.

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said all decisions were taken after reaching a consensus with the teams. Out of five, three can be retained & two can be taken under Right to Match or vice-versa. If only one player is retained, then he will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap. Mumbai Indians will retain Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, and the Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal) and also Royal Challengers Bangalore retains Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle but Shane Watson is not confirmed. The player auction is tentatively set for February. The earlier base price of Rs 10 lakh for uncapped players has been heightened to Rs 20 lakh, Rs 20 lakh has been changed to Rs 30 lakh and Rs 30 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.

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