IPL 2018 Auctions: Retention Policy explained

Tricia Pearson
December 7, 2017

A decision was reached at the Indian Premier League Governing Council (GC) meeting in Delhi on Wednesday to let franchises retain five players through a combination of direct retention and the 'right to match (RTM)' formula.

Dhoni had played for the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the last two editions but now can go back to CSK with the decision taken by the IPL Governing Council here.

However, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions will not feature in the 11th edition of the tournament.

Meanwhile, salary caps were also set for players starting from Rs 80 crore, in 2018, to Rs 82 crore and then Rs 85 crore in subsequent years. Recently, the IPL Governing Council announced the various rules regarding the player retention policies for the upcoming auctions.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be an even bigger juggernaut next year as the eight franchises will end up spending anywhere between Rs 480-640 crore on players alone.

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"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. Each squad can have a maximum of 25 players (with up two overseas players) and a minimum of 18 players. However, it was decided not more than three Indian and two foreign players can be retained by a franchise.

However, a maximum of three players can be retained or can be matched. If they opt to retain just the one player, then they'll have to suffer a deduction of INR 12.5 Crores from their pre-auction purse. Out of five, three can be retained & two can be taken under Right to Match or vice-versa.

Minimum expenditure: 75 percent of the salary cap for each season. 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 auction reserve prices have also been increased, with a hike of Rs 10 lakh in the prices for uncapped players, which will now begin from Rs 20, 30 or 40 lakh.

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