MS Dhoni reunion possible in IPL 2018

ChennaiSuper Kings will have the option to retain former captain MS Dhoni when the IPL is held in 2018. The IPL governing council has allowed teams to retain up to five players. CSK were banned from the IPL for two years due to corruption. MS Dhoni

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Options are available. Teams could opt for two retentions and three Right to Match or three retentions and two Right to Match. Recently, as per the quotes in Sportskeeda, the team Director of CSK confirmed that they are not looking beyond MS Dhoni when it comes to naming their captain.

As player retention price guideline, if a franchise retains three players the price cap of the first player retained will be Rs 15 crore, Rs 11 crore in case of the second player and Rs 7 crore in case of the third player. But if there is no retention before the player auction then the franchises can have up to three RTM. The salary cap has also been increased for uncapped players. In case of no retention before player auction, each franchise can have "up to three RTMs".

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The Governing Council meeting was attended by the members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). It was also chose to increase the total purse of each franchise from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore.

Meanwhile, for the returning franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals the player pool will be those players, who played for the respective franchise in 2015 edition [before they were suspended for a two-year period] and were part of now terminated Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant franchises in the 2017 season. If a player (X), who played for team (Y) in the previous season, is acquired by another team (Z) in the auction, Y can use their RTM card and get X for the same amount of money for which Z bought him.

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Dhoni played for Rising Pune Supergiants in last two seasons. "Thirteen players are there (from the 2015 squad), so we are fine with it", he quoted. Teams will have to spend a minimum of 75% of the salary cap for each season, the council said. It will grow by Rs 2 crore and Rs 3 crore for the next two editions respectively.

Hemant Dua, CEO, GMR Sports, which owns Delhi Daredevils, expressed satisfaction on the IPL Governing Council's decisions. A franchise can secure a maximum of two uncapped Indian players.

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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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