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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

In a decision that could see the return of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the skipper of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and some of its top players, the IPL Governing Council has allowed the returning franchises CSK and Rajasthan Royals to secure the players who represented them in the 2015 edition and were part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads in 2017. 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.

CSK and Rajasthan were suspended for two IPL seasons after the tournament was hit by a spot-fixing controversy in 2013.

Salary budgets for IPL teams have also been hiked to Rs 80 crore from Rs 66 crore for the 2018 season.

Meanwhile, on the player retention policy, franchises have been allowed to secure a maximum of five players through a combination of pre-auction retention and Right to Match (RTM) cards.

The governing council will send these options to the franchises and they will decide which of the two options to accept.

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

In terms of squad size, the previous squad limit of 27 has been reduced to a maximum of 25 players, up to eight overseas, and a minimum of 18 players. The salary cap for uncapped players has also been increased.

"What has been decided in the meeting was that the franchises can retain three players and two Right to Match or two retentions and three Right to Match", said one of the members who attended the meeting. However in the meeting it was discussed that teams could retain not more than than three Indian and two foreign players. The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season to aid junior players. Out of five, three can be retained & two can be taken under Right to Match or vice-versa.

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.

In July 2017, The Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Friday that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals would be back for 2018 IPL.

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

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