No unanimity among IPL franchises over retention policy

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After RPS ended up being the runners-up in 2017, many were of the view that the coordinators might want to keep hold of the two teams from 2018 - building it a ten-team tournament. A team buys a certain player in the auction but later finds it hard to accommodate him in the playing XI due to their combination or team balance. Although it will be interesting to see if they go for another auction or just a mid-season transfer window like the European leagues, where any team is open to get their hands on the player.

THE MEETING between the BCCI, IPL Governing Council, franchises and the Committee of Administration (CoA) could not produce a verdict on its IPL player retention policy.

Two IPL team owners on Monday floated the idea of having next edition's players' auction in England but the suggestion could not find favour with the majority of the franchises during a meeting with the BCCI. It wasn't a view agreed by the other teams.

But Royals (Rajasthan dropped from their name) surprisingly got backing from Kolkata Knight Riders on their demand of "no player retention policy". Last month the IPL Governing Council heard a presentation by Hemang Amin, the IPL's chief operating officer, on various important topics including the number of retentions, the purse available for the auction and the RTM card.

"There were number of issues including number of players, salary cap of the players, the playing squad, and the total number of teams - all these issues were discussed other than the venue for auction and the dates of auction and the inaugural ceremony, all these things had been discussed at length", Shukla stated. When asked, if former CSK skipper MS Dhoni would play for Rising Pune Supergiants, whom he has represented for the last two seasons, or CSK, whom he led before that, Shukla said: "Right now, I can't say anything, because we first have to take a decision on retention and only after that can I tell you". TOI has learnt that BCCI/IPL will settle for retention of two players per franchise and two right-to-match cards. "I think we will be able to finalise the details in a fortnight", Shukla said. "The idea is to generate more interest in women cricket", sources in the BCCI informed.

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