IPL Franchises Likely To Retain Two Star Players For 2018 IPL

IPL is such a brand that people eagerly waiting for every news related to this league. In a recent development, it might be possible that IPL governing council will allow two-star players along with other India performers will stay with their respective teams in the upcoming 2018 Indian Premier League.

According to a report in TOI, it has learned from a top BCCI official that the board will continue with the IPL retention policy, providing all eight franchises the ‘right to preference’ over their respective players.

“The retention policy would be there in all possibility. This is what the majority of franchises want. The only issue we need to thrash out is the number of players who can be retained. We need to work out whether it would be three or five players. For this very purpose, we have called the meeting of franchise owners on November 21 in Mumbai,” the official informed.

There will also be a possibility that the players would be given the option to decide whether they want to remain associated with their earlier franchise or if they want to join the auction. The auction will be tentatively scheduled for February next year.

“The players would be given the option to decide over continuing with respective franchises or joining the auction pool. It will depend solely on them. Even if a franchise decides to open up its purse for a particular player, it can’t do so against his wishes. If a player has made up his mind to go under the hammer, no one can stop him. He will stay back only if he’s satisfied with the new offer his franchise is making,” the official added.

 There is also a possibility that the star Indian allrounder Hardik Pandya is keen to be on the auction for the next IPL season.
The official also said that RR & CSK would have the first right to preference over the players of Gujrat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants.
“The first preference would always remain with RR and CSK. The IPL GC had been clear about it from the beginning. But if these players want to go to the auction pool, then these two franchises can’t do anything about it,” the official said.
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