"The player pool available for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for retention/Right to Match will be the players' who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017", he added.
In the event of the franchise not retaining a player directly, they will be allowed to use their right to match thrice during the player auction. There was a lot of confusion over whether the franchises would get to retain players or not.
The decision was taken by the IPL Governing Council on Wednesday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting that "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 [RTM] [During the Player Auction]". For Dhoni and CSK fans, it means that MSD will don the yellow jersey once again. The meeting, that was also held by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) also discussed the budget each franchisee will hold. Out of five, three can be retained & two can be taken under Right to Match or vice-versa. If they do not retain any player, they will have 3 RTMs at the auction.
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The other restrictions on player retention are: a maximum of three capped Indian players can be retained, and only two overseas players and two uncapped Indian players can be retained.
Dhoni moved to Rising Pune Supergiant after CSK was banned for two years as the team's former principal Gurunath Meiyappan was found to be involved in betting activities related to the T20 league during the 2013 season.
Commenting on the salary cap for the players auction, the salary cap has been set to INR 80 crore for the 2018 edition. All teams will have to spend at least 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season. Reserve prices for categories with Rs 1 crore, Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2 crore base price remain unchanged.
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 earlier reserve price of uncapped players has been escalated from INR 10, 20, and 30 lakh to INR 20, 30, and 40 lakh respectively.