Chennai Super Kings confirm MS Dhoni as their captain for IPL 2018

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Dhoni Likely to Don Chennai Super Kings Jersey in IPL 2018

A franchise can secure a maximum of two uncapped Indian players the salary cap for teams for the 2018 edition is Rs. 80 crore. At least 75 percent of the salary cap will have to be spent during each season.

The likes of Ben Stokes and Jason Roy thus will go back into the auction pool having not played for either CSK or RR in IPL 2015. CSK and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, which shook the league to its core and allegedly involved not just players but also some top officials of the two franchises. Recently, as per the quotes in Sportskeeda, the team Director of CSK confirmed that they are not looking beyond MS Dhoni when it comes to naming their captain.

In October this year, the IPL governing council floated a proposal, stating that CSK and RR can retain players who moved to Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions for two years following a draft.

Meanwhile, on the player retention policy, teams have been allowed to secure a maximum of five players through a combination of pre-auction retention and Right to Match (RTM) cards.

The IPL Governing Council (GC) took the decisions at a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.

"We are pretty comfortable with the salary cap and the alignment". CSK and RR have the allowance to retain players from among those who played for them in the 2015 season and it is nearly certain that Dhoni will be back in CSK colours in the next season.

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In each IPL team squad, there must be a maximum of 25players and a minimum of 18 players (with eight overseas players).

As player retention price guideline, if a franchise retains three players the price cap of the first player retained will be Rs 15 crore, Rs 11 crore in case of the second player and Rs 7 crore in case of the third player.

"The player pool available for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for retention/Right to Match will be the players' who played for them respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of RPS and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017", he added.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked franchises as to how many players they would like to retain.

The player auctions for the 2018 edition of the tournament are slated to be held in February.

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