IPL 2018: MS Dhoni set to reunite with Chennai Super Kings

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For Dhoni and CSK fans, it means that MSD will don the yellow jersey once again. The Governing Council of the IPL has ratified his home coming stating that all the IPL teams can have retentions up to five players. Of the five players, a franchise can retain a maximum three players ahead of the auction or use three RTMs during the auction. The BCCI has eliminated the "soft cap" concept wherein teams were previously permitted to have private deal with players on their fee.

CSK and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, which shook the league to its core and allegedly involved not just players but also some top officials of the two franchises. The move gathered steam when Harsh Goenka, brother of Rising Pune Supergiants owner Sanjeev Goenka, was trolled for hailing Pune captain Steve Smith at the expense of Dhoni.

In the meeting on Wednesday by IPL governing council along with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) discussed the IPL Player retention policy, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues. A franchise can secure a maximum of two uncapped Indian players the salary cap for teams for the 2018 edition is Rs. 80 crore. The players who played for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royal respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017, will be part of the pool available to CSK and RR for retention or Right to Match, decided the IPL Governing Council. "Thirteen players are there (from the 2015 squad), so we are fine with it", he quoted. I think retention is there for brand continuity and the teams also are associated with the players that identify with them.

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The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season. "So it's fair", Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua told this paper. It will grow by Rs 2 crore and Rs 3 crore for the next two editions respectively.

If a franchise retains three players, then the first player would cost Rs 15 crore, second Rs 11 crore and the third Rs 7 crore.

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

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