MS Dhoni can play for CSK in IPL 2018, here's how

IPL Governing Council clears way for MS Dhoni to rejoin Chennai Super Kings

Dhoni Likely to Don Chennai Super Kings Jersey in IPL 2018

A maximum of either three retentions or three RTM at the discretion of the franchises has been allowed.

IPL franchises will be allowed to retain up to five players ahead of the auction for the season 11. In both the retention and RtM eventualities, there can only be a maximum of three capped Indian players, a maximum of two overseas players and no more than two uncapped Indians. He will be among the players who CSK will retain as per the player retention rules decided upon in the IPL Governing Council meeting. This is a clear indication that MS Dhoni is likely to play for CSK again! The scandal led to the formation of the Lodha Committee, and the downfall of Srinivasan, if we may say, then the birth of committees like CoA. Following the suspension of the franchise for two years, Dhoni captained the Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2016 Indian Premier League and was part of the squad that entered the final in the previous edition, which they lost by one run to Mumbai Indians.

It also hiked the salary budget of the franchises from Rs 66 crore to Rs 80 crore for the next year's auction, with the figure to rise to 82 crore in 2019 and 85 crore in 2020.

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An IPL franchise is eligible to secure up to five players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) (During the Player Auction).

Which means that CSK fans can expect to see MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina return to the team's ranks for IPL 2018.

"What has been decided in the meeting was that the franchises can retain three players and two Right to Match or two retentions and three Right to Match", said one of the members who attended the meeting.

The auction for the new IPL season will begin in February. Besides, the IPL also got a windfall of 16,347.50 crore thanks to its media rights, bought by STAR India.

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