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IPL to introduce reverse draft and higher salary cap

The players of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions are extinct now.

By Salman Anjum -

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With the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals franchises, there are plenty of speculations going on in the media concerning the players’ retention, matching cards and salary cap. Even though no regulation hasn’t been put in place yet but the talks of reverse draft has been floating around in the franchise circles.

Since the players of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions – the franchises that are barred from the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) now are free to participate in a fresh auction, it is expected that they will be put in a pool from which the incoming teams (CSK and RR) will be asked to pick a certain number of players. The number may vary from three to five, depending on the number of retentions allowed to other six franchises.

This could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise for cricket fanatics who wish to see the likes of MS Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, etc. represent their old IPL team.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not revealed its stance on the subject. It has been said that the cricket board’s officials and IMG, the operational wing of the IPL, will meet by the end of this month to take a final decision on the matter.

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Initially, it was decided that all the cricketers will be put in fresh auction pool but it has been learnt that the teams have shared their thoughts with the IPL authorities calling for a retention policy. Furthermore, there is also the proposal for matching cards, which some consider it as a fair policy.

Just a week ago, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a new television-rights deal worth nearly £2 billion for the for the five-year period (2018-2022) which meant that the team will earn approximately Rs 150-180 crore. Moreover, the salary cap which currently is Rs. 66 crore could go up to Rs. 75 crore or even more.

Salman Anjum

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