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Dhoni may return as CSK skipper after new IPL rule

IANS  |  New Delhi 

In a decision that could see the return of Singh as the skipper of Super Kings (CSK) and some of its top players, the Governing Council has allowed the returning franchises CSK and Royals to secure the players who represented them in the 2015 edition and were part of Rising Supergiant and Lions squads in 2017.

It also decided that an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise can retain or secure through the Right to Match (RTM) clause a combined total of five players for the 2018 edition of the Twenty20 cricket tournament, it was announced on Wednesday.

An franchise is eligible to secure up to five players by virtue of a combination of player retention (pre player auction) and Right to Match (during the auction), BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in a statement.

The decision was taken during the Governing Council's meeting with the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) here.

The decision means CSK can call upon the likes of Dhoni, Suresh Raina and veteran star Brendan McCullum. They may also recall West Indies star Dwayne Bravo.

Royals meanwhile, can secure the services of Australian all-rounders James Faulkner and Shane Watson, opener Aaron Finch and India star Ajinkya Rahane.

CSK and were suspended for two seasons after the tournament was hit by a spot-fixing controversy in 2013.

They were replaced by Rising Supergiants -- who employed as captain -- and the Lions.

The Governing Council had allowed a maximum of either three retentions or three Right To Match (RTM) at the discretion of the franchises. If there is no retention before player auction then the franchises can have up to three ATM.

A franchise can secure a maximum of three capped Indian players and a maximum of two overseas players. A franchise can secure a maximum of two uncapped Indian players.

Meanwhile, the salary cap for teams for the 2018 edition is Rs. 80 crore. It will grow by Rs 2 crore and Rs 3 crore for the next two editions respectively.

"The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season," the statement read.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 16:18 IST
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