Chennai Super Kings confirm MS Dhoni as their captain for IPL 2018

Sheri Evans
December 7, 2017

In the meeting on Wednesday by IPL governing council along with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) discussed the IPL Player retention policy, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues.

For the past two seasons of Indian Premier League 2018, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were in suspension and banned for alleged spot-fixing and betting. The returning teams have players of erstwhile Pune Super Giant and Gujarat Lions to choose from. Dhoni had played for the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the last two seasons.

However, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions will not feature in the 11th edition of the tournament.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has chose 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 salary cap for the uncapped players have also been increased by the council.

The player rules for the Right to Match are maximum number of three Capped Indian players, maximum number of 2 overseas players, maximum number of 2 uncapped Indian players.

In the subsequent years, they can spend Rs 82 crore (in 2019) and Rs 85 crore (in 2020).

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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.

The auction reserve prices have also been increased, with a hike of Rs 10 lakh in the prices for uncapped players, which will now begin from Rs 20, 30 or 40 lakh.

"What has been decided in the meeting was that the franchises can retain three players and two Right to Match or two retentions and three Right to Match", said one of the members who attended the meeting. We were gunning for RTMs, so we got three RTMs and we are happy about that.

If the franchise retains two players: The cost of the players will be 12.5 and 8.5 crores INR respectively.

The cap will then rise by Rs 2 crore and Rs 3 crore for the next two editions.

In July 2017, The Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Friday that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals would be back for 2018 IPL.

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