IPL 2018: MS Dhoni Back to Chennai Super Kings

ChennaiSuper Kings will have the option to retain former captain MS Dhoni when the IPL is held in 2018. The IPL governing council has allowed teams to retain up to five players. CSK were banned from the IPL for two years due to corruption. MS Dhoni

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With respect to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), which are returning after a two-year ban, the council has decided that the player pool available will be the players who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of Rising Pune Super Giants and Gujarat Lions' squads in IPL 2017.

The IPL governing council has confirmed a number of details about the big player auction that will take place ahead of the 2018 edition of the tournament.

However, the five players combinations have been limited to a maximum of three capped Indian players and a maximum of two each of overseas and uncapped players.

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The IPL Governing Council, along with the Committee of Administrators (CoA), discussed player retention, salary cap, player regulations and other related issues in a meeting held in the national capital. Teams will have to spend a minimum of 75% of the salary cap for each season, the council said. So should Royal Challengers Bangalore retain Kohli, will he agree for Rs 15 crore?

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

The Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council has made a decision to raise the salary cap for the eight franchises for next year's edition to Rs 80 crore from the previous cap of Rs 66 crore.

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When news filtered in on Wednesday on IPL player retention, there was relief and joy in the Chennai Super Kings camp.

In the event of the franchise not retaining a player directly, they will be allowed to use their right to match thrice during the player auction. In September, The Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights were auctioned and it proved to be a windfall for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

For 2019 and 2020, the cap will be increased to ₹82 and ₹85 crore respectively. In case of two retention, the team will lose Rs 12.5 crore and Rs 8 crore.

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