IPL 2018: MS Dhoni set to reunite with Chennai Super Kings

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The Indian Premier League's (IPL) governing council cleared the way for MS Dhoni on Wednesday return to Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which will return in the 2018 edition after concluding a two-year suspension. Franchises will have to spend a minimum of 75% of the salary cap for each season, the GC clarified.

The franchises can retain a maximum of 5 players using the combination of retention or the Right to Match. The players who played for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royal respectively in IPL 2015 and who were part of Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions squads in IPL 2017, will be part of the pool available to CSK and RR for retention or Right to Match, decided the IPL Governing Council.

The player rules for the Right to Match are maximum number of three Capped Indian players, maximum number of 2 overseas players, maximum number of 2 uncapped Indian players. The meeting, that was also held by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) also discussed the budget each franchisee will hold.

According to report by the Indian Express, one franchise was reportedly in favour of retaining as many as five players, while another proposed retention of one player per team.

Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin were other major Indian players in the CSK stable.

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A decision of squad size was also taken during the meeting.

"(On MS Dhoni coming back to CSK as captain) Obvious, yes.

Dhoni moved to Rising Pune Supergiant after CSK was banned for two years as the team's former principal Gurunath Meiyappan was found to be involved in betting activities related to the T20 league during the 2013 season.

The purse money has been by increased for each franchise from Rs. 66 crore to Rs. 80 crore by the council. For Dhoni and CSK fans, it means that MSD will don the yellow jersey once again. The player auction is tentatively set for February. Besides, the IPL also got a windfall of 16,347.50 crore thanks to its media rights, bought by STAR India.

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