Chennai: M.S. Dhoni is set to return to his ‘home’ — Chennai Super Kings after the governing council of the Indian Premier League cleared the decks on Wednesday.
Super Kings will be playing in the IPL after serving a two-year ban for spot-fixing and betting.
The IPL Governing Council, after a meeting in New Delhi, allowed CSK and Rajasthan Royals, who are also returning from a ban, to retain the players which were on their 2015 roster.
Dhoni had played for the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the last two editions. “An IPL Franchise is eligible to 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),” BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.
“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.
RTM refers to a franchise’s right to match the highest bidder for a player. CSK and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, which shook the league to its core and allegedly involved not just players but also some top officials of the two franchises.
The IPL Governing Council also hiked the salary budget of the franchises from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore for the next year’s auction, tentatively set for February. “The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season,” the BCCI stated.