Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

IPL franchises split over player retentions

IPL franchises split over player retentions

Majority of the owners want player retention.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) may adopt another feature of the European football leagues by introducing a mid-tournament window where a player can become eligible to play for another franchise, the mid-day reported on Wednesday.

However, Knight Riders proposed no retentions and sought five RTMs at the auction.

The meeting was called by the BCCI at the behest of the Committee of Administrators, which wanted to apprise the owners of the discussions that took place during the IPL Governing Council meeting on October 24.

Those listening to him included Akash Ambani (Mumbai Indians), Kalanidhi Maran (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Ness Wadia (Kings XI Punjab), GM Rao and Kiran Kumar Grandhi (Delhi Daredevils), Ranjit Barthakur (representing Rajasthan Royals) and top executives from Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings.

Interestingly, the Royals, who are the other team to have been suspended, aren't affected because they are preparing to start their IPL season on a clean slate.

Considering the amount of players who are often warming the benches, deemed surplus to requirements, by a certain team, this proposal certainly makes a lot of sense. TOI has learnt that BCCI/IPL will settle for retention of two players per franchise and two right-to-match cards.

"There were number of issues including number of players, salary cap of the players, the playing squad, and the total number of teams - all these issues were discussed other than the venue for auction and the dates of auction and the inaugural ceremony, all these things had been discussed at length", Shukla stated. Somebody said three players, somebody said five players, somebody said more than five players, somebody said one player.

Among the players CSK might wish to retain are MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo.

According to the IPL official, final decisions on all the matters are likely to be taken at the next Governing Council meeting, which will then have to be approved by the COA. All of them want the league to grow bigger. "I think we will be able to finalise the details in a fortnight", Shukla said.

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