IPL 2018 Auctions Retention Policy: All you need to know about

Finally an conclusion on the retention policy of the player has been made by The IPL Governing Council, in their meeting on 6th December.



IPL franchises will be allowed to retain a maximum of five players through a combination of player retention before the 2018 auction and the use of right-to-match cards during the auction.

All the eight teams that will take part in IPL 2018 – Chennai Superkings (CSK), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Delhi Daredevils (DD), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Each team can retain 3 players, which will leave 2 right to match cards with them. A team can also choose to retain only 2 players, which will give them 3 RTM cards. But, no team will get the option of retaining more than 3 players using either of the two options. That means, if a team chooses not to retain any player or retain only one player, they will still only get a maximum of 3 RTM Cards.

Additionally, the franchisees have to keep the following in mind before retaining players:

- Maximum of three Capped Indian players.

- Maximum of two Overseas players.

- Maximum of two Uncapped Indian players.

What happens with Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals?

Both CSK and RR can retain/use RTM for any of the players who represented them in the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League and then moved to Gujarat Lions or Rising Pune Supergiant. This has all but cleared MS Dhoni's way back to Chennai Super Kings.

As per the rules, these teams can retain any five players, who fit both of the following criteria:

a) Players who were respectively part of CSK, RR in IPL 2015
b) Players who were part of RPS and GL squads in IPL 2017

This means that if any player was not a part of CSK or RR in 2015, they will go straight to auction pool. It means Ben Stokes and Alex Hales both will be in auction pool this season. It also means, MS Dhoni, who played for CSK in 2015, and was part of RPS in IPL 2017, will be available for retention for CSK.

What is the Right To Match card?

The Right To Match can also be called as the right to first choice.

For example: If Dhoni goes back into the auction and is bid for a certain amount by a franchise, then CSK can still get him back using the RTM card by matching the successful bid in the auction.

IPL 2018 Auction Purse

Salary Cap for respective seasons:

2018 – INR 80 Crore

2019 – INR 82 Crore

2020 – INR 85 Crore

If a franchisee opts to retain three players pre-auction, it will cost them a total of INR 15, 11 and 7 Crores (INR 33 Crores) respectively for the trio. A retention of only two players would cost them INR 12.5 and 8.5 (INR 21 Crores) respectively. If they opt to retain just the one player, then they'll have to suffer a deduction of INR 12.5 Crores from their auction purse.

For uncapped players' retention, the franchisees will have to dish out INR 3 Crores per player from their auction purse.

The squad size has been trimmed, too. A maximum of 25 players (up to 8 overseas) and a minimum of 18 players. Last time around the maximum was 27, and the number of foreign players was limited to 9.

Base price for players

Uncapped players this season will see an increase in the price as each segment of players receives a Rs 10 lakh boost. The uncapped players in the lowest category, who were earlier available for Rs 10 lakh will go up to Rs 20 lakh,  followed by players rising up to Rs 30 lakh and Rs 40 lakh base price.
The base price for capped players remain same for the higher priced players, who will remain at Rs 1, 1.5 and 2 crore. Those who were earlier priced at Rs 30 lakh and Rs 50 lakh, will see an increase up to Rs 50 and Rs 75 lakhs, respectively.

IPL 2018: Player retention becomes bone of contention

As IPL will move onto its 11th edition, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be back after two year suspension. BCCI has asked franchises that how many players they will like to retain.



Most of the teams franchises have different opinions over this matter as some teams want to retain 5 players whereas some team owners are opposed to the idea of retaining players for the upcoming season in 2018.

Mumbai Indians want five players to be allowed to be retained whereas KKR want only one player to be allowed per team. Rajasthan Royals want that everyone should go back to the auction pool. It’s clear that CSK will not compromise when it comes to getting back MS Dhoni.

The number of players to be retained will be finalised in the franchise owners meeting arranged on November 21.

The players will also be given an option to whether they would like to play with the same franchise or he wants to jump into the auction. Last week, there were reports that the young sensation of Indian cricket Hardik Pandya had expressed his desire to leave Mumbai Indians and be the part of the auction which is tentatively scheduled in February next year.

Franchise can’t go against a player’s wish

The top official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the news to Times of India regarding the retention policy. “The retention policy would be there in all possibility. This is what the majority of franchises want. The only issue we need to thrash out is the number of players who can be retained. We need to work out whether it would be three or five players. For this very purpose, we have called the meeting of franchise owners on November 21 in Mumbai,” he said.

Right to Match can be on cards for IPL auction player retention policy

In the recent times there have been a lot of speculations about the IPL 2018 auction to be held next year. There is nothing from the officials but the reports claimed that all the players will be going into the auction pool next year. Unlike the cases in the previous editions of the tournament, no players will be retained by any of the teams in a case if there is no retention policy.


“It was meant to be an open auction without retention. We have been told about it. I will welcome it if BCCI decides to go for an open auction. It doesn’t mean that I am not happy with my team. I think, we have a great team. The teams which are doing well are the ones where the young Indian players are performing,” Preity had quoted.

If an open auction is in place then the likes of Lasith Malings and Virat Kohli, who have been integral parts of the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively, might be seen donning the colors of the other teams in the upcoming season.

According to the report, teams like RCB and Mumbai Indians want to retain their big players. But, as confirmed by Preity Zinta a couple of weeks back, the BCCI had told all the teams that all the cricketers would go back under the hammer. The two teams rejoining the league next year, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, have a different take.

CSK, in fact, want to get their old players like MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin for the next season. However, the other teams are strongly against the idea of them getting any undue advantage. It has been further reported that CSK are open to the draft system. But it is understood that, like every other team,

CSK will have to start from scratch at the auction.Some of the top Indian cricketers, though, have backed the idea of retention.

With the governing council keen on sending all the players back to the auction pool without retention, the only hope left for IPL teams to retain their big stars could be a ‘right-to-match’ option.According to a report in the Times of India, the members of the BCCI are insistent about sending all the players back under the hammer for the next edition of the IPL. However, teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad are eager to have the option of matching cards.

What is Right to Match?

This option permits the team owners to retain their players by matching their listed auction price. Also, the next edition of the IPL will see the Chennai Superkings and Rajasthan Royals make a comeback. CSK is keen on retaining the services of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. However, there are speculations that open auctions might see them start from the scratch in building their team all over again.

CSK and RR are also open to draft system which the Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions had last year. About the retention policies, RR are also open to the option of going for the open auctions.

IPL Auction 2018 Date | Live Streaming

IPL Auction 2016

Ipl 2018 will mark the 11th season of IPL. Mumbai Indians won IPL 10 by Rising Pune SuperGiant.

After Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended after being found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing probe they would be making their come back after having served two year suspensions.

IPL Auction 2018 is expected to be an open auction with all the players going into the pool. Unlike the cases in the previous editions of the tournament, no players will be retained by any of the teams in a case if there is no retention policy.

However, speculations are rife whether all players will be included in the auction or there will be a retention policy. Rajiv Shukla quoted that since there is time for the auctions, nothing is decided. However, he did confirm that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions will not be returning in IPL 2018 and CSK and RR will take their place.

This means that each and every player will go in to auctions and franchises will have to fight it out there in the auction room to get their star players back.

IPL 2018 Auction Date

The Date for IPL 2018 auction date is not yet announced by the board but ipl 11 auction date is expected to be somewhere arround the mid of February. 

As soon as the list of teams going to play the tournament gets finalized, the auction of players will start few days after it. The 2017 IPL Auction witnessed 356 players go under the hammer. With a maximum of 27 players allowed in every squad with nine overseas players, the eight franchises will be weighing their options. Kings XI Punjab have the highest auction purse with Rs 23.1 crores. Mumbai Indians have the least purse with Rs 11.5 crores.

Ben Stokes stole the show as he was snapped up by Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 14.5 crore, a record price for an overseas player. It was a good day for England as Tymal Mills was snapped up for Rs 12 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was a good day for the pace bowlers with Trent Boult and Kagiso Rabada going for a good price. For India, Karn Sharma was the most expensive buy with Rs 3.2 crore while the likes of T Natarajan got Rs 3 crore. 

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Vivo retains IPL title sponsorship till 2022

Vivo, the Chinese mobile handset manufacturer, has retained the title sponsorship of the Indian Premier League for the next five seasons from 2018 till 2022 with a winning bid of INR 2199 crores (approximately US $341 million), a jump of 454% over the five-year contract signed in 2012.
Vivo had replaced PepsiCo as the title sponsor of the high-profile tournament in 2015, worth INR 396 crore. The move had come after PepsiCo decided to suddenly pullout from a five-year deal that was to end in 2017, two years ahead of schedule.

In 2015, Vivo had bid Rs 200 crore for the title sponsorship. In this period, Vivo bid Rs 2,199 crore for the title sponsorship, a whopping increase of 554 percent from their previous bid.

The base price for this cycle of title rights was set at 15% more than what Vivo paid last year and the company edged out the only other bid of INR 1430 crore from Oppo, another smartphone manufacturer. Incidentally, Oppo had trumped Vivo for the sponsorship rights of the India team in March, with the two companies being the only bidders again.

The bids were opened on Tuesday in Mumbai, in the presence of both parties along with IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla and BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

Two other companies - Xiaomi and Intex - had picked up the tender document but did not go through with the bid. When asked about the trend of three of the four interested parties being Chinese mobile handset manufacturers, Johri said Oppo and Vivo had adequate exposure to cricket sponsorships.

"You have to understand that both these companies have been involved in cricket sponsorships," he said. "Oppo is one of the sponsors of the ICC, so they have cricket exposure. And, Vivo is an existing IPL sponsor, so they are continuing their investment into cricket, so that shows the importance of cricket, especially Indian cricket. It's not the first time they are doing it, they understand the value."

Speaking on the announcement, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla commented, “We are delighted to have Vivo joining us once again as the title sponsor for IPL for next five years. The association with Vivo has been great for the past two seasons and I am sure they will continue to make it bigger and better.”

BCCI To Introduce Open Player Auction Next Year!

IPL 2018 will mark the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League after having served two year suspensions for their involvement in 2013 spot-fixing saga.


However, speculations are rife whether all players will be included in the auction or there will be a retention policy. Rajiv Shukla quoted that since there is time for the auctions, nothing is decided. However, he did confirm that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions will not be returning in IPL 2018 and CSK and RR will take their place.

Also Read:- IPL 2018, Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions won’t get extension: Rajeev Shukla

This means that each and every player will go in to auctions and franchises will have to fight it out there in the auction room to get their star players back.

In an interview to Times of India, Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta revealed said that all the franchise owners have been informed about open auctions. Zinta said that she welcomes this decision by Board of Control for Cricket in India. However, she also added that, there is no problem with KXIP’s current squad and she is very happy with how things are shaping for them this season.

“It was meant to be an open auction without retention. We have been told about it. I will welcome it if BCCI decides to go for an open auction. It doesn’t mean that I am not happy with my team. I think, we have a great team. The teams which are doing well are the ones where the young Indian players are performing,” Preity Zinta was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Praising Kings XI Punjab’s mentor’s role, Zinta said that Sehwag is an unbelievable coach and he has a super cricketing brain.

“We have an unbelievable coach in Virender Sehwag. He is dynamic, helpful and extremely chilled out. He also has a super cricketing brain which makes him a very special coach. When we played the Mumbai game, the fans were shouting at the top of their voice when Sehwag came out on the field. The atmosphere was electric. Similarly, the fans in Mohali cheered for AB de Villiers last year. It is fun seeing how the Indian fans appreciate good cricket,” Preity Zinta said.

If an open auction takes place, we could see many new team pairing happen. For instance, we could see Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina playing for Rajasthan Royals and Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Bumrah playing for CSK. The possibilities are endless and it would certainly bring in freshness to the IPL which has seen players like Kohli and Harbhajan playing for one franchise for 10 years now.

IPL 2018, Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions won’t get extension: Rajeev Shukla

Indian premier league chairman Rajeev Shukla today made it clear that Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions “will not get any extension” and if they have to come back in the 2018 season, it has to be through fresh bidding process.


Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will also be making a come back next year after having served two year suspensions for their involvement in 2013 spot-fixing saga.

“No extension is being given to both the teams (RPS and Lions). Agreement was only for two years. Even if we make it a 10-team league, the two new teams would have to be freshly bid, so they (RPS and GL) are not being given any extension or anything,” Shukla told mediapersons today. The general mood of the IPL Governing Council is to stay put with eight teams as a 10-team league would increase the number of matches to 84.

“Next year, as per SC order, the two (suspended) teams would be back. The issue of whether 8 or 10 teams will come up at the IPL GC meeting. So far the plan is to go ahead with 8 teams. A 10-team league has to be endorsed by the Governing Council.” All players were supposed to go back into the auction pool after the 10-year cycle but Shukla indicated that retention policy may still be considered.

Shukla has indicated that retention policy of the players might continue even after the 10-year period, after which it was mandatory to conduct a fresh auction pool.

“We will have a mega auction but retention policy also needs to be decided. The mega-auction is not going to take place immediately it will be just before next IPL, so we have enough time to decide.”

“The issue (of e-auction) has been discussed. The IPL staff has been told to talk to the experts. It’s a segregated tender (digital/broadcast/mobile) for different zones, so it becomes difficult. “But the title sponsorship, there we have decided to go for e-auction. Vivo was there for 2 years and fresh auction will be held.”