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MS Dhoni set to join CSK squad for IPL 2018 edition

MS Dhoni set to join CSK squad for IPL 2018 edition

The meeting was chaired by IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and attended by Supreme Court of India-appointed Committee of Administrators. Effectively, the IPL Governing Council has enabled CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the two franchises which will make a comeback to the league in the 2018 edition after serving a two-year suspension for alleged spot-fixing and betting, to retain the players which were on their 2015 roster.

The players of CSK and RR were shifted to new franchises, Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions.

Following a two-year suspension, Rising Pune Supergiant roped in the wicket-keeper batsman during the 2016 edition of the IPL.

Commenting on the fact that the team will get to pick the players from the 2015 IPL squad, the CSK director affirmed that they are not losing their head over it and are quite content with the rule.

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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. Salary caps have been set at Rs 80 crore for 2017, 82 crores for 2019 and 85 crore for 2020.

If there is no retention before player auction then franchises can have up to 3 RTM. The salary cap for uncapped players has also been increased. So, if a franchise does not to directly retain any player, it will be allowed a maximum of three RTMs at the auctions. Interestingly, the GC chose to let the teams retain a maximum of 3 capped Indian cricketers. For example, if CSK chooses not to retain Dhoni directly and he is placed on auction instead, CSK will have the right to match the highest bid for him and retain him that way. The minimum spend will be 75 percent of the salary cap for each season.

Top players such as Virat Kohli, who turned up for Royal Challengers Bangalore till this season, will most likely come in the Rs 15 crore bracket as they will be the most sought after by their old teams.

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. Rajasthan Royals wanted everyone to go back to the auction pool, the report said.

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