Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

IPL governing council clears way for Dhoni's return to CSK

IPL governing council clears way for Dhoni's return to CSK

There has been a lot of brouhaha over which players would these sides retain since they had not been a part of the IPL roster past year. Rajasthan Royals (RR) was the other IPL team to be banned for the same duration after the betting ring was busted. But if there is no retention before the player auction then the franchises can have up to three RTM. 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 Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017.

This decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council's meeting with the all-powerful Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Delhi today.

Dhoni has been with the CSK ever since the beginning of the cash-rich tournament.

It's worth noting that Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of CSK owner and once a BCCI heavyweight N Srinivasan, was the central figure in the scandal. 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.

The purse money has been by increased for each franchise from Rs. 66 crore to Rs. 80 crore by the council.

The auction for the new IPL season will begin in February. After the IPL Governing Council (GC) meeting was held on Wednesday by the BCCI, the eight teams could now retain as much as five 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.

Which means that CSK fans can expect to see MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina return to the team's ranks for IPL 2018. It has been decided that a franchise can retain a maximum of five players using one of the two combinations - three pre-auction retentions and two RTMs or two pre-auction retentions and three RTMs. Besides, the IPL also got a windfall of 16,347.50 crore thanks to its media rights, bought by STAR India.

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