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Indian Premier League franchises allowed to retain upto five players

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Chennai Super Kings

Effectively, the IPL Governing Council has enabled CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the two franchises which will make a comeback to the league in the 2018 edition after serving a two-year suspension for alleged spot-fixing and betting, to retain the players which were on their 2015 roster. This will allow the Chennai-based franchise to pick Mahendra Singh Dhoni, under whom it won the trophy twice.

The Indian Premier League Governing Council met in New Delhi on Wednesday alongwith the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to decide the player retention policy, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues, especially for the uncapped players, with ten seasons up for the cash-rich league.

With the retention and RTM cards applied, it will technically mean that the two interim franchises, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions, did not essentially exist itself, which implies that Dhoni is automatically a CSK player.

1 Maximum number of 3 Capped Indian players. The salary cap for uncapped players has also been increased. From 2008 till 2015, he led them to two IPL titles in 2010 and 2011 and he entered the final of the tournament four times in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Following a two-year suspension, Rising Pune Supergiant roped in the wicket-keeper batsman during the 2016 edition of the IPL.

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It also hiked the salary budget of the franchises from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore for the next year's auction, with the figure to rise to 82 crore in 2019 and 85 crore in 2020.

The 2018 edition of IPL is expected to be even bigger with the return of former champions CSK and RR.

In terms of squad size, the previous squad limit of 27 has been reduced to a maximum of 25 players, up to eight overseas, and a minimum of 18 players.

There has been a lot of brouhaha over which players would these sides retain since they had not been a part of the IPL roster past year. If only two players are kept back prior to the auction, they will be docked Rs 12.5 crore for the first player and Rs 8.5 crore for the second (or actual amount, whichever is higher), and if only one player is retained, they will lose Rs 12.5 crore (or actual price, whichever is higher) from their Rs 80-crore purse.

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said all decisions were taken after reaching a consensus with the teams. Besides, the IPL also got a windfall of 16,347.50 crore thanks to its media rights, bought by STAR India.

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