Here's how MS Dhoni might be super king of Chennai again

MS Dhoni

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has chose to raise the salary cap for the eight franchises for next year's edition to Rs 80 crore from the previous cap of Rs 66 crore.

Meanwhile, the salary cap for teams for the 2018 edition is Rs. 80 crore. There will be fewer murmurs about a team or two being favoured and the rules will be viewed as transparent too.

BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary explained that the player pool available for CSK and RR 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.

It is nearly certain that the bonhomie between former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N Srinivasan's and his "favourite" India Cements employee Mahendra Singh Dhoni will once again be at display during the Indian Premier League (IPL). Thangarasu Natarajan, an uncapped player was purchased for Rs 3 crore by the Kings XI Punjab, while KC Cariappa, did not feature in the Ranji Trophy for Karnataka, also bagged Rs 2.4 crore.

Moreover, if a franchise doesn't retain even a single player before the auction, they still can't use more than three RTMs.

The Governing Council of Indian Premier League (IPL) cleared on Wednesday that the teams can retain a maximum of five players for the next edition of the league. If there is no retention before the player auction then franchises can choose three players through RTM. The IPL said the franchises will need to spend at least 75% of the salary cap each season, and that each squad should contain between 18 and 25 players with a limit of eight overseas players per franchise.

However, CSK might be pleased with things going their way as far as player retention is concerned. Rajasthan Royals have also emerged as a beneficiary of the largesse of the Governing Council.

Considering the player auction will be a big one, the IPL has increased the salary cap significantly. Previously, uncapped Indian players had base prices of INR 10, 20 and 30 lakhs respectively; now each of those slabs has been increased by INR 10 lakh.

If Mumbai Indians opt to retain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya ahead of the IPL auction, these three retentions will be called as pre-auction retention. If a team retains just one player, the salary for that one player will be Rs 12.5 crore.

The deduction from the salary purse in case of retention will be determined on the basis of guideline price or actual price, whichever is higher.

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