New Delhi: The Indian Premier League Governing Council meeting, on Wednesday, in a major decision, allowed all the franchise to retain a maximum of five players from their last squad.
The happiest team from this decision will be Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who, along with Rajasthan Royals, are coming back after two years of suspension.
As per the new policy, CSK and RR would be able to retain players from their last squad, who haven’t played in any other team except their replacements – Gujarat Lions and Pune Supergiants.
The decision also meant that former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been a part of CSK since the beginning, is all set to be reunited with his team and fans in the same yellow jersey.
As far as captaincy is concerned, CSK George John, however, isn’t taking too many steps at a time.
Speaking exclusively to Sportskeeda, the director said, “"We are very happy about it. But we haven't applied our mind to it right now but we are extremely happy about it."
"(On MS Dhoni coming back to CSK as captain) It is a very obvious choice but we have not applied our mind beyond that," he added.
Meanwhile, out of total five players, the franchises will be allowed to buy back 5 players with a break-up - 2 right to match or 3 retentions or 3 right to match and 2 retentions which will be decided by the franchises. Among the five players, only two can be foreigners and three will be domestic players.
"An IPL Franchise is eligible to secure up to 5 players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre-Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) (During the Player Auction)," BCCI Acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary had said in a statement after the meeting.
(With inputs from PTI)