Mahendra Singh Dhoni can once again be donning the yellow for Chennai Super Kings as the IPL Governing Council (GC) has decided to clear the road for the franchises as they will be able to retain 5 players each. Every IPL Franchise would be able to ‘buy-back’ 5 players in the break up of either 3 retentions plus Right to Match or two retentions and three Right to match the proposal will be sent to team franchisee. The Governing Council has also decided to increase the cash limit on the uncapped players. The decision comes after the GC’s failure in concluding on the retention policy as the IPL franchises had different opinions. 

Now its almost certain that returning side Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings will get a chance to get their core players back.  The proposal will now be sent to all the IPL franchises for the final approval. Earlier a few franchises had opted for one retention each while some suggested the auctioning of all players, which kept the Governing Council waiting. The maximum cap for uncapped players in the league has also been increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 40 lakh. The order of increase is from Rs 10 lakh to 20 lakh, 20 lakh to 30 lakh and 30 lakh to 40 lakh. 40 lakh will be the maximum cap for an uncapped player.

After being suspended Chennai Super Kings were kept away from the hotshot t20 league for two years. The Chennai outfit was determined to get their old players back, the likes of Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo and Ravichandran Ashwin were divided into two into two new IPL teams, Rising Pune Supergiants and the Gujarat Lions. Both Gujarat and Pune will now be disallowed from contesting as Rajasthan Royals and CSK return. Most of the teams were mutual on going into the next IPL season with their usual core. With CSK Rajasthan too will be able to retain the likes of Steve Smith, James Faulkner and Ajinkya Rahane. Meanwhile, other stars like Ben Stokes, ishan Kishan and others from both CSK and Gujarat will go into the auction. 

The salary budget of each IPL side was hiked to Rs 80 crore from Rs 66 crore for the 11th edition. The meeting was chaired by IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and attended by Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), BCCI said. The salary cap in 2018 will be up to Rs 80 crore, in 2019 it will rise up to Rs 82 crore and in 2019 to Rs 85 crore. Every IPL team can spend 75% of the salary cap each season. A maximum 25 players can be included in a squad which could have only 8 overseas players.