IPL governing council reveal player retention policy ahead of 2018 season

MS Dhoni (left) and Suresh Raina are set to return to Chennai Super Kings
MS Dhoni (left) and Suresh Raina are set to return to Chennai Super Kings
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The Indian Premier League governing council on Wednesday has confirmed the player retention policies for the franchises ahead of the upcoming edition of the tournament.

According to the regulations, each franchise will be allowed a maximum of five players to be retained through a combination of player retention and Right To Match (RTM) cards.

However, the five players combinations have been limited to a maximum of three capped Indian players and a maximum of two each of overseas and uncapped players.

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.

Each team has been set a salary cap of INR 80 crore for the 2018 season and the first player retained will cost the franchise 12.5 crores while the subsequent retention will account for 9.5, 7.5, 5.5 and 4 crores respectively.

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 dates for the auction is yet to be finalised but according to reports, it is understood to be in the first week of February.

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