MS Dhoni set to return to CSK in IPL 2018

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The IPL Governing Council, along with the Committee of Administrators (CoA), discussed player retention, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues in a meeting held in the national capital.

With respect to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), which are returning after a two-year ban, the council has decided that the player pool available will be the players who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of Rising Pune Super Giants and Gujarat Lions' squads in IPL 2017. Dhoni's expected return to Chennai was much debated and so much so, the former India captain, who had led CSK to two IPL (six finals), two Champions League titles, had reportedly stated recently that he would either play for the Chennai side or not take part at all.

However, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions will not feature in the 11th edition of the tournament. It was also made a decision to increase the total purse of each franchise from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore.

"An IPL Franchise is eligible to secure up to five players by virtue of a combination of (Pre Player Auction) and (During the Player Auction)", BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said. "We focused on continuity", he said, adding that a two-year hiatus won't make things hard for them as they would be getting "the core of the team back".




A maximum of either three retentions or three RTM at the discretion of the franchises has been allowed. If there is no retention before player auction then franchises can have up to 3 RTM. The player auction is tentatively set for February. However, in case it chooses to retain two players, Rs 21 crore will be deducted (Rs 12.5 crore and Rs 8.5 crore), while for retaining just one player, Rs 12.5 crore will be deducted from the auction purse.

The permitted squad size has also been decreased by two and now teams can have a maximum of 25 players in the squad including a maximum of eight overseas players and the minimum squad size will be 18 players. "Thirteen players are there (from the 2015 squad), so we are fine with it", he quoted.

Maximum number of 2 Uncapped Indian players. The salary cap for each team for the 2018 season has been set at Rs 80 crore (approximately $12.4 million) by the governing council.

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