On Tuesday, representatives of all the 8 IPL teams attended the Governing Council meeting in which they discussed various things which include the venue for the 2018 IPL auction, date and venue for the season opener, players’ salary cap etc. with players retention being the top agenda.
As in ESPNCricinfo, the governing council was in favour of allowing three retentions per team and it was not well received by the IPL franchises.
The most successful IPL team, Mumbai Indians, wanted a total of seven players to be back with them for next season while their arch-rivals, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who are coming back from suspension after two years, wanted five players to be retained.
Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, the other team that is coming back from suspension along with CSK, want all the players to be in the auction pool so that all the teams can start from the beginning.
This is what the 8 teams wanted at the IPL Governing Council:
IPL Governing Council: Three retentions in total
Chennai Super Kings: Four retentions and one Right to Match (RTM) card
Mumbai Indians: Five retentions and two RTM cards.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Zero retentions and five RTM cards.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Three retentions and two RTM cards.
Rajasthan Royals: Zero retentions and RTMs. Want a fresh auction.
Kings XI Punjab: Zero retentions and RTMs. Want a fresh auction.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Three retentions and two RTM cards.
Delhi Daredevils: No information from the franchise.
It has also been also revealed that both Chennai and Royals can only retain players from their 2015 squads which means Delhi Daredevils can’t have the likes of Chris Morris and Sanju Samson in their team if Royals retain the duo as they played for them in 2015.
The report also suggests that KKR, Royals and KXIP want the salary cap to be hiked to INR 70-80 crore per team from INR 63 crore that was used at the 2017 auction while the other franchises left the decision to the governing council.
Note: RTM stands for Right to Match cards. If a player (X), who played for team (Y) in the previous season, is acquired by another team (Z) in the auction, Y can use their RTM card and get X for the same amount of money for which Z bought him.