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.

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