IPL 2018: MS Dhoni all set to lead Chennai Super Kings?

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni all set to lead Chennai Super Kings?

Former India Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's path to join the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squad has been cleared after the IPL Governing Council on Wednesday allowed retention of maximum three players for the 2018 edition. 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. But if there is no retention before the player auction then the franchises can have up to three RTM. The meeting, that was also held by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) also discussed the budget each franchisee will hold.

The IPL governing council has confirmed a number of details about the big player auction that will take place ahead of the 2018 edition of the tournament.

It was also decided that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, back in the mix now after having been suspended for the last two seasons, can retain players or use their RtM options for players who played for the two respective franchises in IPL 2015, and who were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017. Each franchise team will have a maximum of 25 players (up to eight foreign) and a minimum of 18 players.

The salary cap for each franchise has been upped from Rs 66 crore, and will increase progressively over the next three years.

The players of CSK and RR were shifted to new franchises, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions.

Meanwhile, on the player retention policy, franchises have been allowed to secure a maximum of five players through a combination of pre-auction retention and Right to Match (RTM) cards. The IPL Governing Council has given teams options which could allow them to retain as many as five of their players.

The minimum auction reserve price has also been set.

"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.