Everybody has their own struggle, and as far as the recent meeting of IPL Governing Council goes, the franchises are gearing up for the upcoming IPL auction.
One thing that has kept the cricket fraternity buzzing with speculation and arguments is the player retention policy. The question over the number of players who can be retained by franchises in the IPL remained unsolved.
According to sources, Kolkata Knight Riders’, Kings XI Punjab’s and Rajasthan Royals’ team owners were not in favour of the retention policy. The debate has sprung up as CSK and RR would be making a comeback into the IPL fold after being suspended for two years.
CSK would definitely be gunning to get the top players like M S Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina back in their fold.
Although IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla did say that the matter of player retention was one of the points of discussion in the meeting, he did not divulge any other details; saying the details will be finalised in a fortnight.
He said, “The meeting went off well. The idea was to invite actual team owners and solicit their views now that 10 years have concluded. Lot of things like retention, salary cap, squad strength we’re discussed. Majority of the owners want player retention. I think we will be able to finalise the details in a fortnight.”
The general idea floating around is to have a three-player retention policy with two right-to-match cards that every franchise can avail. The right to match essentially gives a franchise the first right of refusal to its players, allowing it to buy its player back after other franchises have completed the bidding process for him.
But different franchises are said to have different opinions about the player retention policy. However, as Rajeev stated, every detail on the player retention will come out in a couple of weeks.
Here are the suggestions by franchises:
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.
Delhi Daredevils: No information from the franchise.