In a decision that could see the return of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the skipper of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and some of its top players, the IPL Governing Council has allowed the returning franchises CSK and Rajasthan Royals to secure the players who represented them in the 2015 edition and were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads in 2017. He will be among the players who CSK will retain as per the player retention rules decided upon in the IPL Governing Council meeting. If there is no retention before player auction then the franchises can have up to three ATM.
The salary cap for each team for the 2018 season has been set at INR 80 crore (approximately $12.4 million) by the IPL governing council, which met in Delhi on Tuesday along with the Supreme Court-appointed committee of administrators. 3 Maximum number of 2 Uncapped Indian players. RTM refers to a franchise's right to match the highest bidder for a player it is interested in. The other two replacement teams were formed Rising Pune Supergiants where Dhoni captaining in 2016 IPL season and Gujarat Lions for the replacement of Rajasthan Royals.
MS Dhoni's rumoured comeback to Indian Premier League franchisee Chennai Super Kings (CSK) might soon turn true. (On MS Dhoni coming back to CSK as captain) Obvious, yes.
Options are available. Teams could opt for two retentions and three Right to Match or three retentions and two Right to Match.
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. If only one player is retained, then he will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap.
The auction for the new IPL season will begin in February. For capped players, the earlier base price of Rs 30 lakh has been increased to Rs 50 lakh, Rs 50 lakh to Rs 75 lakh, while there are no changes for players carrying the reserve price of Rs 1 crore, Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2 crore. Rajasthan Royals wanted everyone to go back to the auction pool, the report said. "The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season", the BCCI stated.