IPL franchises allowed to retain 5 players: Rajeev Shukla

Franchises can retain maximum of 5 players by virtue of a combination of pre-auction retention and RTM Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 06, 2017, 12.11 PM (IST)

Providing a long-pending solution to the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams to retain their big players, the governing council on Wednesday announced that the franchises can retain a maximum of five players by virtue of a combination of pre-auction retention and Right To Match (RTM) cards for the upcoming 2018 edition.

The five players secured can include any combination of retention and right-to-match cards with not more than three through either category.

The breakup of the five players retained will adhere to the maximum numbers of three-capped Indian players, maximum of two uncapped Indian players and two overseas players. 

Divulging details on the new set norms, IPL Commissioner Rajeev Shukla said that out of 5, 3 can be retained and 2 can be taken under Right to Match or vice-versa, adding the salary cap of players and the base price of uncapped players has also been increased.

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The salary budget of all the IPL teams was hiked from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore for the next year's auction, with the figure to rise to Rs 82 crore in 2019 and Rs 85 crore in 2020.

The governing council specified the retention criteria for the two suspended IPL franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, saying the player pool for retention or RTM will be the players' who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and the ones who were part of Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Gujarat Lions (GL) squads in IPL 2017.

On being asked whether former Indian Cricket Team captain  Mahendra Singh Dhoni will go to CSK again, Shukla said that,"We can't say who will go where, it depends on the franchise and player."

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The franchises will be allowed to have a maximum of 25 players, from earlier 27, with a maximum of 8 overseas players in the squad.