MS Dhoni set to join CSK squad for IPL 2018 edition

Beth Cruz
December 7, 2017

If a team does not wish to retain any player, it will still have the option of three Right to Match. For Dhoni and CSK fans, it means that MSD will don the yellow jersey once again.

Also, every team can retain up to five players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) (applicable during the Player Auction).

Meanwhile, for the returning franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals the player pool will be those players, who played for the respective franchise in 2015 edition [before they were suspended for a two-year period] and were part of now terminated Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant franchises in the 2017 season.

RTM refers to a franchise's right to match the highest bidder for a player it is interested in. Of the five players, a franchise can retain a maximum three players ahead of the auction or use three RTMs during the auction.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has made a decision to raise the salary cap for the eight franchises for next year's edition to Rs 80 crore from the previous cap of Rs 66 crore.

The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season.

Editorial team of CricketCountry.

The IPL Governing Council, in its meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, has upped the player cap for the next three years.

The likes of Ben Stokes and Jason Roy thus will go back into the auction pool having not played for either CSK or RR in IPL 2015. The guideline is if a franchise retains three players it will have Rs 15 crore, Rs 11 crore and Rs 7 crore respectively deducted from its player purse of Rs 80 crores. The salary cap for uncapped players has also been increased.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be an even bigger juggernaut next year, with the eight teams likely spending anywhere between Rs 480 crore and Rs 640 crore on players alone. 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.

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