For the past two seasons of Indian Premier League 2018, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were in suspension and banned for alleged spot-fixing and betting.
According to the guidelines, an IPL franchise can secure up to five players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre-Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) during the player auction.
As per the report by the Indian Express, one franchise was reportedly on the side of retaining as many as five years, while another proposed retention of one player per team.
The decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council's meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) here.
If only two players are retained, then the first will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap, and the second INR 8.5 crore.
A maximum of either 3 retention or 3 RTM at the discretion of the franchises. For the comeback teams, the Royals and the CSK, the GC announced that they will get to retain players from their pool of players who played for them in the 2015 edition of the IPL.More news: Black Mirror "USS Callister" Trailer, Season 4 Trailer & Release Date
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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.
The Indian Premier League's Governing Council today cleared the decks for M S Dhoni's return to Chennai Super Kings by allowing teams to buy back a maximum of five players at the auction next year.
Options are available. Teams could opt for two retentions and three Right to Match or three retentions and two Right to Match. For Dhoni and CSK fans, it means that MSD will don the yellow jersey once again. If only one player is retained, then he will cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore from the salary cap. Salary caps have been set at Rs 80 crore for 2017, 82 crores for 2019 and 85 crore for 2020.
Top players such as Virat Kohli, who turned up for Royal Challengers Bangalore till this season, will most likely come in the Rs 15 crore bracket as they will be the most sought after by their old teams.
The player auctions for the 2018 edition of the tournament are slated to be held in February.