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.

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