IPL: CSK, RR allowed to retain players

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The Governing Council meeting was attended by the members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). The two returning franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, will be able to retain up to five players who played for them in the 2015 edition, under the condition that they turned out for one of Rising Pune Supergiant or Gujarat Lions, the franchises that replaced Super Kings and Royals. The returning teams have players of erstwhile Pune Super Giant and Gujarat Lions to choose from. The move gathered steam when Harsh Goenka, brother of Rising Pune Supergiants owner Sanjeev Goenka, was trolled for hailing Pune captain Steve Smith at the expense of Dhoni.

The 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.

On the player retention, if a team chooses to retain three players, a total of Rs 33 crore will be deducted from its auction purse (Rs 15 crore, Rs 11 crore and Rs 7 crore, for three players, respectively). "We focused on continuity", he said, adding that a two-year hiatus won't make things hard for them as they would be getting "the core of the team back".

Uncapped players stand to receive more at the auction with each segment receiving a INR 10 lakh boost.

As for the franchise squad size, each team has to have a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 25 players, which also includes up to eight overseas cricketers.

A maximum of either three retentions or three RTM at the discretion of the franchises has been allowed. Irrespective of player retention or RTM, a franchise can have a maximum of three capped Indian players, a maximum of two foreign players and a maximum of two uncapped Indian players. "Thirteen players are there (from the 2015 squad), so we are fine with it", he quoted.

If two players are retained, the salary cap for the first and second player retained will Rs 12.5 crore and Rs 8.5 crore respectively.

The cap will then rise by Rs 2 crore and Rs 3 crore for the next two editions.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked franchises as to how many players they would like to retain.

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