Chennai Super Kings can retain Dhoni    IANS
Chennai Super Kings can retain Dhoni IANS

The Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Committee gave banned teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) clearance to retain players who had represented the teams in 2015. This gives CSK the chance to get their skipper MS Dhoni back in action for the 2018 season of IPL. The teams will also be able to pick cricketers who played for Gujarat Lions (GL) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the last two IPL editions.

“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),” BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement after the meeting, as reported by PTI. “The player pool available for CSK and RR for retention/RTM 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.

RTM refers to a franchise’s right to match the highest bidder for a player. 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 IPL Governing Council also hiked the salary budget of the franchises from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore for the next year’s auction, tentatively set for February.

“The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season,” the BCCI stated.