Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royal (RR) are returning back after the suspension of two years. In IPL Governing council meeting today it was proposed that the players of Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and Gujarat Lions (GL) may be allowed to retain by CSK and RR. This means Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be automatically retained by the Chennai Super Kings and not go for IPL 2018 auction.
IPL Governing Council member said after the meeting on Tuesday,
We are going to propose minimum 3 retentions –1 Indian and 2 foreigners. The players, who played for Pune and Gujarat in last two years can be retained by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. We will place it in front of owners during the workshop next month.
If it is agreed by the franchise then retention will be allowed. This means MS Dhoni who played for Rising Pune Supergiants for two seasons (2016-2017) will be retained to Chennai super Kings. Ravichandran Ashwin will be also retained to CSK who played for RPS. Similarly, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina will be retained to CSK who played for Gujarat lions for last two seasons. This means CSK will be able to retain all their star players and will be playing in IPL 2018.
When IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla was asked regarding this he said that “total retentions including Right To Match (RTM) could be anything between three to five, depending upon what majority of the franchises agree.”