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Dhoni Likely to Don Chennai Super Kings Jersey in IPL 2018

Dhoni Likely to Don Chennai Super Kings Jersey in IPL 2018

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the two franchises returning from a two-year suspension, will be able to retain players from among those who were in their squads in 2015, and from the list of their players who represented Rising Pune Super Giant and Gujarat Lions in 2017. After the IPL Governing Council (GC) meeting was held on Wednesday by the BCCI, the eight teams could now retain as much as five players.

The decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council's meeting with the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) here. 3 Maximum number of 2 Uncapped Indian players. If a franchise does not retain any player before the auction it can still retain only three using right-to-match cards. Following the suspension of the franchise for two years, Dhoni captained the Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2016 Indian Premier League and was part of the squad that entered the final in the previous edition, which they lost by one run to Mumbai Indians.

The other restrictions on player retention are: a maximum of three capped Indian players can be retained, and only two overseas players and two uncapped Indian players can be retained.

MS Dhoni, the former India skipper, is all set to return to the Chennai Super Kings franchise for the 2018 Indian Premier League after the IPLGoverning Council cleared the path for his return. (On MS Dhoni coming back to CSK as captain) Obvious, yes.

Meanwhile, the salary cap for teams for the 2018 edition is Rs. 80 crore. If only one player is retained, then he will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap.

If a franchise opts to retain three players pre-auction, it will cost them a total of INR 15, 11 and 7 Crores (INR 33 Crores) respectively for the trio. 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 auction for the new IPL season will begin in February. The caps for the two subsequent years have been fixed at Rs 82 crore and 85 crore respectively. The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season to aid junior players.