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IPL: CSK, RR allowed to retain players

IPL: CSK, RR allowed to retain players

The salary cap for each team for the 2018 season has been set at INR 80 crore (approximately $12.4 million) by the IPL governing council, which met in Delhi on Tuesday along with the Supreme Court-appointed committee of administrators.

"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. 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.

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

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

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It is learnt that the franchise needs to include a minimum of three Indians among their five retained players. "Increased salary cap of players & base price of uncapped players", said the IPL commissioner Rajeev Shukla.

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 minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season", the BCCI stated. Therefore, the team that retains all three players will go into the auction with a reduced purse of Rs 47 crore. If they opt to retain just the one player, then they'll have to suffer a deduction of INR 12.5 Crores from their pre-auction purse. Mumbai Indians will retain Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, and the Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal) and also Royal Challengers Bangalore retains Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Chris Gayle but Shane Watson is not confirmed. The player auction is scheduled for February next year. For 2019 and 2020, the cap will be increased to Rs 82 and Rs 85 crore respectively.

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.