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.

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