Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni set to be retained by RCB and CSK

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni set to be retained by RCB and CSK”

At a meeting of the IPL Governing Council and Committee of Administrators, a decision was taken to allow the franchises to choose five players through a combination of retaining players before the auction and through Right-to-match card at the player auction in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.

There is no official update yet on the MS Dhoni's presence in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). It will air live on Star Sports' streaming service Hotstar.

There can be a maximum of either three retentions or three RTMs at the discretion of the franchises and if there is no retention before player auction, then franchises can have up to three RTMs, as per the norms put in place by the IPL GC.

After a two-year spot-fixing ban was imposed on CSK in 2015, Raina went on to captain Gujarat Lions (GL) while Dhoni led Sanjeev Goenka-owned Rising Pune Supergiants, before Steve Smith replaced him in the captaincy role. This means the franchises can retain a maximum of three players at the auction.

There were speculations that Dhoni would be the obvious choice for retention.

The minimum spend has been fixed at 75 percent of the salary cap for each season.

· If franchises retain three players, they will be charged Rs 15 crore for the first, Rs 11 crore for the second and Rs 7 crore for the third. Kings XI Punjab has said it may retain one player.

· An uncapped player who is retained will only cost the franchise Rs 3 crore. The money will be deducted from the franchises' auction purse.

Some retentions are pretty much no-brainers, such as three-time IPL-winning captain Rohit Sharma by Mumbai Indians, Virat Kohli by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Dhoni by Chennai.

The three-time victor has built its team around the leadership of the India ODI opener. The remaining two can be roped in through the Right to Match (RTM) cards, which the franchises can activate during the auctions next month. But there is no guarantee that, say, even a Jasprit Bumrah or a Gautam Gambhir, both of whom have been outstanding for their franchises, will be kept back by Mumbai or Kolkata Knight Riders respectively. But there are many complexities when it comes to knowing the complete rules of the retention.

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