Dhoni to be back as the leader of Super Kings

Indian Premier League

They were keenly waiting for the decision from the IPL Governing Council about the number of players a team can retain, and the final decision arrived on Wednesday.

Yes, there are some, like former India cricketer Aashish Kapoor who point out that the increased salary cap, and the rule that the teams must spend at least 75 per cent of that, is the real security for the players.

MS Dhoni's is all set to return to Chennai Super Kings, which will make a comeback to the league in the 2018 edition after serving a two-year suspension following match fixing slur. This means that CSK can have their most-recognised players M S Dhoni and Suresh Raina back for the 2018 season. The problem was quite complicated for CSK and Rajasthan Royals, but the governing council has decided that they can retain from their respective teams of 2015.

Each team has been set a salary cap of INR 80 crore for the 2018 season and the first player retained will cost the franchise 12.5 crores while the subsequent retention will account for 9.5, 7.5, 5.5 and 4 crores respectively. If a team retains two players before the auction, the first player will be given a salary of Rs 12.5 crore, while the second retained player will be acquired at a salary of Rs 8.5 crore. Either way, a franchise can retain or use RTM for a maximum of three players in the auction. A heartening prospect, if you are a fan of the two teams.

The other restrictions on player retention are: a maximum of three capped Indian players can be retained, and only two overseas players and two uncapped Indian players can be retained.

In case of foreigners, CSK has just two most tempting names - Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo - to be considered from the old list as players like Brandon McCullum and Mike Hussey have retired during this period.

BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary explained that the player pool available for CSK and RR will be the players who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017.

If Mumbai Indians opt to retain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya ahead of the IPL auction, these three retentions will be called as pre-auction retention.

The decision was taken following a meeting with the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

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