Can MS Dhoni return to Chennai Super Kings for IPL 2018?

Lynette Rowe
December 7, 2017

CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR), who will be returning to the league after serving two-year suspensions, will be allowed to retain players who played for their respective squads in the 2015 IPL season and those who were part of now defunct teams Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant.

The teams will be allowed to buy back five players with options of two retentions and three Right to Match or three retentions and two Right to Match.

The IPL Governing Council, along with the Committee of Administrators (CoA), discussed player retention, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues in a meeting held in the national capital. The salary cap has also been increased for uncapped players.

"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. 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.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to return as a Chennai Super Kings player in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League.

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The retention policy also explained the number of players who can be retained depending on their capped or uncapped status.

Right to match or RTM basically gives a franchise the authority to match the highest bid for a player they didn't choose to retain pre-auction, and acquire his services again. A retention of only two players would cost them INR 12.5 and 8.5 (INR 21 Crores) respectively. The swashbuckling cricketer from Ranchi in Jharkhand has played in 159 IPL matches scoring 3,561 runs off 2,604 balls at an average of 37.88. To further explain the math, the first player to be retained pre-auction will get Rs 15 crore, the second player will get Rs 11 crore and and third Rs seven crore.

"The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season", the statement read.

The auction reserve prices have also been increased, with a hike of Rs 10 lakh in the prices for uncapped players, which will now begin from Rs 20, 30 or 40 lakh.

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