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IPL 2018: MS Dhoni’s CSK return in doubt as KKR, RR oppose players’ retention policy

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Nov 22, 2017, 11:56 am IST
Updated Nov 23, 2017, 10:29 am IST
After CSK and RR's suspension, some of the cricketers were picked by the Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions via players’ draft.
While Chennai Super Kings’ fans will want to see MS Dhoni wearing yellow again, his CSK return will only be confirmed after Indian Premier League’s Governing Council takes a final call on players’ retention in a fortnight. (Photo: BCCI)
 While Chennai Super Kings’ fans will want to see MS Dhoni wearing yellow again, his CSK return will only be confirmed after Indian Premier League’s Governing Council takes a final call on players’ retention in a fortnight. (Photo: BCCI)

Mumbai: While the Indian Premier League 2018 players’ auction is still a few months away, the intense discussion regarding retention, auction and much more have kept the cricket fraternity buzzing; more so, after the IPL Governing Council’s meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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Although IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said that the matter of player retention was one of the points of discussion in the meeting, he did not divulge any other details; saying the details will be finalised in a fortnight.

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"The meeting went off well. The idea was to invite actual team owners and solicit their views now that 10 years have concluded. Lot of things like retention, salary cap, squad strength were discussed. Majority of the owners want player retention. I think we will be able to finalise the details in a fortnight," Shukla told PTI.

 

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However, it is now learnt that Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), who are making a comeback to IPL after being suspended for two years following the spot-fixing saga, are not in favour of player retention.

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On the other hand, defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and two-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings, who like RR are back in IPL, are favouring retention of players.

 

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After CSK and RR were suspended, some of the cricketers who played for these two teams were picked by the two new sides – Rising Pune Supergiant (RPSG) and Gujarat Lions (GL) – via players’ draft.

Read: 2 of the IPL team owners want players' auction to take place in England

It is understood that MI want to retain five or six players, CSK want to retain four while Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) want to retain three or more. Delhi Daredevils (DD) also reportedly wish to retain three players. Additionally, MI and CSK want respectively two and one Right to Match (RTM).

 

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However, it is also reported that one of the IPL teams were not in favour of allowing CSK to retain players from the list of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo. MI meanwhile will like to retain a few players from the list of skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh.

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