How will the two new IPL franchises be able to sign players before the auction? Explained

The IPL’s retention regulations are quite straightforward, but the addition of two new franchises has added a twist to the story, allowing for back-channel discussions.

The player retention deadline for Indian Premier League teams has passed, and the BCCI is anticipated to release the retention list at any time, however a deferral is not ruled out as the cricket board investigates the Ahmedabad franchise’s ownership details and difficulties. The retention requirements are straightforward, but the addition of two additional franchises has added a twist to the story, allowing for back-channel discussions.

Is there any ambiguity in retention rules?
On the surface, the rules appear to be very straightforward. Even if they aren’t retained by their parent teams, players can’t deal with other franchises until the retention list is released. The IPL rules, on the other hand, allow each of the two new teams to select three players from outside the following year’s auction. Even before the BCCI made the retention list official, some rumours associated KL Rahul, the Punjab Kings captain last season, with the Lucknow franchise. The addition of two more franchises, according to a franchise CEO, has made things a little more complicated.

“With eight franchises, any players who were not retained would have gone straight to the auction pool.” However, given that we have two new teams, there’s a chance that players who know they won’t be retained will begin secret discussions. You can’t stop it, and there have been rumours of players making overtures.” The franchise official stated to a media.

The BCCI must act on a complaint (from the parent franchise) under the rules, and a cricket board spokesperson confirmed that no action has been taken against any player at this moment.

What is the reward for signing up three players for the new franchises?
Before the auction, each of the new teams can spend Rs 33 crore on recruiting three players. The first, second, and third players will receive Rs 15 crore, Rs 11 crore, and Rs 7 crore, respectively. “If a player wants to sign with a new organisation, he can do so based on the purse allocation.” “Obviously, if someone is in line to become the captain of a new team, he will join for Rs 15 crore,” the franchise CEO added.

“The ban was on account of Ravindra Jadeja not signing the renewal contract with the Rajasthan Royals and instead attempting to negotiate a larger financial contract with some of the other IPL franchises, thus resulting in a serious non-adherence to the IPL player guidelines,” according to an IPL statement at the time.

What are the other rules of retention?
Every existing squad is permitted to keep four players: a maximum of three Indians, a maximum of two abroad players, and a maximum of two uncapped Indians. The total prize pool for each team is Rs 90 crore. If a team keeps four players, a maximum of Rs 42 crore is available for retention – Rs 16 crore, Rs 12 crore, Rs 8 crore, and Rs 6 crore for the break-up. A franchise can spend a maximum of Rs 33 crore if it keeps three players – Rs 15 crore, Rs 11 crore, and Rs 7 crore. If a team keeps two players, the retention purse drops to Rs 24 crore – Rs 14 crore and Rs 10 crore, respectively. The purse loss for only one player retention will be Rs 14 crore.

What about the card entitled “Right to Match”?
The Right to Match (RTM) card permitted a franchise to buy back an unretained player from the previous season by matching the highest bidding price at the auction in the previous full IPL auction. The BCCI has done away with the RTM card this time to create an equal playing field. Franchises had the opportunity to keep five players under the former system, which included retention and RTM.

Will Dhoni be kept on the team?
Chennai Super Kings will keep their skipper, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Moeen Ali. Despite stepping down as captain, Virat Kohli is expected to remain Royal Challengers Bangalore’s best paid player (outside of the auction). MS Dhoni revealed at a CSK felicitation last week that he would play his final T20 match in Chennai. “My cricket has always been planned.” Ranchi was the site of my last ODI in India. Hopefully, my final T20 match will take place in Chennai. “I don’t know if it’ll be next year or in five years,” Dhoni had stated.

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