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IPL 2018: Governing Council clears way for MS Dhoni's return to Chennai Super Kings

Governing Council, on Wednesday, decided that the recently reinstated Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will be able to retain players who played for them respectively in IPL 2015, and those who were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads last season.

An IPL franchise is eligible to secure up to 5 players by virtue of a combination of player retention (pre player auction) and Right to Match (during the auction), BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in a statement. But if there is no retention before the player auction then the franchises can have up to three RTM.

Setting the player retention policy, salary cap and other rules and regulations for next year's edition of the IPL, its governing council allowed CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the two teams that are returning to the IPL after a gap of 2 years, to retain players from their 2015 squad. Each franchise team will have a maximum of 25 players (up to eight foreign) and a minimum of 18 players. 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 Indian Premier League's Governing Council today cleared the decks for M S Dhoni's return to Chennai Super Kings by allowing teams to buy back a maximum of five players at the auction next year.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked franchises as to how many players they would like to retain.

Chennai Super Kings MS-Dhoni in action against Delhi Daredevils during IPL.

- Maximum of two Overseas players. Therefore, the team that retains all three players will go into the auction with a reduced purse of Rs 47 crore. Salary caps have been set at Rs 80 crore for 2017, 82 crores for 2019 and 85 crore for 2020.

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. If only one player is retained, then he will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap.

For the auctions, the base price of players have been increased in both capped and uncapped categories.

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