IPL 2018: Dhoni may play again for CSK as IPL governing council clears way

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The Indian Premier League’s (IPL) governing council cleared the way for MS Dhoni on Wednesday return to Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which will return in the 2018 edition after concluding a two-year suspension. Following a meeting in New Delhi, the Governing Council allowed CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR) to retain the players who were on their 2015 list. MS Dhoni was playing for Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) for last two IPL seasons.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting that “An IPL Franchise is eligible to secure up to 5 players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention [Pre Player Auction] and Right to Match [RTM] [During the Player Auction]”. “The player pool available for CSK and RR for retention/RTM 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,” he added. The CSK and RR, who are returning to the league after paying two years suspension, will be permitted to retain players who played for their respective squad in the 2015 IPL season and the ones who were part of now-defunct teams Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants.

As per the report by the Indian Express, one franchise was reportedly on the side of retaining as many as five years, while another proposed retention of one player per team. The report said that Rajasthan Royals wanted everyone to go back to the auction pool again. The BCCI stated that “The minimum spend will be 75 percent of the salary cap for each season”. For the 2018 IPL season, the salary budgets for the IPL teams have also been increased to 80 crores from 66 crores. The player auction is scheduled for February next year.

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