MS Dhoni set to join CSK squad for IPL 2018 edition

Indian Premier League

The IPL GC meeting, which was also attended by the Committee of Administrators discussed, among other aspects, the total purse money each franchise can spend. The two returning franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, will be able to retain up to five players who played for them in the 2015 edition, under the condition that they turned out for one of Rising Pune Supergiant or Gujarat Lions, the franchises that replaced Super Kings and Royals.

Two new teams, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions squads were introduced to replace the suspended teams.

Dhoni played for Pune for the last two seasons as a stop-gap arrangement.

The IPL Governing Council has also increased the salary cap to Rs. 800 million (Dh45.50 million) for the next year and Rs. 820 million and Rs. 850 million for the subsequent years.

"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. "We focused on continuity", he said, adding that a two-year hiatus won't make things hard for them as they would be getting "the core of the team back".

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The player auctions for the 2018 edition of the tournament are slated to be held in February.

The rules laid down for retention and/or RTM state - Maximum number of three capped Indian players; Maximum number of two overseas players; Maximum number of two uncapped Indian players. The salary cap has also been increased for uncapped players.

According to report by the Indian Express, one franchise was reportedly in favour of retaining as many as five players, while another proposed retention of one player per team. "Thirteen players are there (from the 2015 squad), so we are fine with it", he quoted.

If a franchise retains three players, then the first player would cost Rs 15 crore, second Rs 11 crore and the third Rs 7 crore.

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.

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