IPL franchises allowed to retain upto five players

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A maximum of either 3 retention or 3 RTM at the discretion of the franchises. Recently, as per the quotes in Sportskeeda, the team Director of CSK confirmed that they are not looking beyond MS Dhoni when it comes to naming their captain.

IPL franchises can retain a maximum five players by virtue of a combination of player retention and right-to-match (RTM) cards (during auction).

As for the franchise squad size, each team has to have a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 25 players, which also includes up to eight overseas cricketers. The salary cap has also been increased for uncapped players. Moreover, if a franchise doesn't retain even a single player before the auction, they still can't use more than three RTMs.

With Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals returning to the fold after serving two-year suspensions, the GC also decided that the two franchises can retain or exercise the RTM options from a pool of players "who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS (Rising Pune Supergiant) and GL (Gujarat Lions) squads in IPL 2017". CSK and RR have the allowance to retain players from among those who played for them in the 2015 season and it is nearly certain that Dhoni will be back in CSK colours in the next season.

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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.

A decision was reached at the Indian Premier League Governing Council (GC) meeting in Delhi on Wednesday to let franchises retain five players through a combination of direct retention and the 'right to match (RTM)' formula. The player auctions for the next IPL is scheduled to take place in February 2018. This is what we were expecting. However, the other three price slabs (Rs 1 crore, 1.5 crore and 2 crore) remain the same.

Hemant Dua, CEO, GMR Sports, which owns Delhi Daredevils, expressed satisfaction on the IPL Governing Council's decisions. This is a departure from existing price tags, which saw the first retained player receive INR 12.5 crores with subsequent retainees costing the franchise 9.5, 7.5, 5.5 and 4 crores respectively.

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