IPL news December 2, 2013

IPL likely to increase player retention, reduce salary cap

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IPL franchises are likely to have two options available to keep the core of their teams intact ahead of the 2014 season: the usual practice of player retention, and a new system of 'right to match' cards that can be used during the auction. A team is expected to be able to retain up to five players and the IPL has recommended three 'right to match' cards per franchise, which means up to eight players could be retained, salary cap permitting. The auction is likely to be held on February 12 and 13 at a yet-to-be-decided venue.

The franchises were also informed that the 2014 general elections in India will have an impact on the venue for the tournament. Once the Indian government announced the election dates, the IPL will work out a feasible venue for next year's edition, the franchises were told.

The idea of the 'right to match' card was discussed during a two-day IPL workshop in Singapore on November 28 and 29 that was organised by the BCCI. A card would allow a franchise to buy back a player during the auction by simply matching the highest bid. For example, if two or more franchises were bidding for a player who had represented a different team in the 2013 season, then that team's owners could buy back the player if they wanted to by matching the highest bid for him.

During the discussions in Singapore, one suggestion was to bring all the players back into the auction but the IPL was not interested in abandoning the retention policy. Although officials did not specify the reasons, the feeling was that a retention policy allowed certain powerful franchises to hold on to the players that formed the core of their side over the previous seasons.

It is understood that the idea of a 'right to match' card was floated to offset the retention rule, which some franchises felt was detrimental to their chances. Before the 2011 auction, franchises were allowed to retain up to four players from their old squads, but for every player retained, the franchise would lose a certain amount from the salary cap of $9 million available for spending at the auction. For the first player retained, $1.8 million was deducted from the salary cap, for the second player it was $1.3 million, the third $900,000 and the fourth $500,000. However, these were not necessarily the amounts paid by the franchise to the retained players. So a team that kept four players went into the auction with only $4.5 million to spend.

"There were some franchises that did not retain any players, but still ended up paying more money [for four players in the auction] than a franchise that retained four players and paid just half the salary cap," a franchise official said. "In fact these teams [which retained players] obviously paid more money although that was never made public. So that was a perfect way for teams to go to an auction with half the purse and also circumvent the salary cap."

Not all franchises were in agreement about the 'right to match' card, though. "It works for teams where players are asking for a big price [to be retained]," an official who did not agree with the concept said. He felt it was unfair that a franchise, which had not participated in the bidding for a player, could walk away with that player only because of a 'right to match' card, when there were other teams actively involved in the bidding. "If two franchises are locked in a bid to buy a player and then suddenly a third franchise comes and says he has the right to buy the player, you might end up paying more [in order to discourage teams from using the card]."

The salary cap for the 2014 auction is likely to be Rs 600 million (approximately $10 million) and is likely to increase by 10% each year. For the first time, the purse in is Indian Rupees and not dollars. If a franchise chooses to retain five players, it is likely to lose Rs 125 million from the purse for the first player, Rs 95 million for the second, Rs 75 million for the third, Rs 55* million for the fourth and Rs 40 million for the fifth - a total of Rs 390 million, leaving them with Rs 210 million for bidding during the auction.

It is not clear at the moment whether there is a restriction on the number of Indian or foreign players that can be retained. "There is nothing definitive," a BCCI official said. "All five can be Indians or all five can be overseas. Or there could be a mix of both."

According to the official, a higher purse was unhelpful for the smaller teams, as they had lesser money to spend compared to sides like Mumbai Indians or Chennai Super Kings. With the 2014 purse likely to be capped at Rs 600 million, the playing field will be more level because that was the average expenditure of the smaller teams in terms of player payments and operation costs. The salary cap had been $12.5 million (approximately Rs 750 million at current exchange rates) in 2013.

The contracts for players retained or signed at the 2014 auction are likely to be valid for three seasons, with the franchise holding the right to renewal at the start of each of season. The number of players in a squad is also likely to be reduced from 33 to 27, and the number of foreign players cut from 11 to nine per team. Another important change is that all Indian domestic players, who have either played first-class or List A cricket, will be eligible for sale at the auction. Previously only players who had played for India or played a certain number of games for their IPL teams could be auctioned.

All these suggestions and recommendations will now be discussed by the IPL governing council, which has to ratify the changes for them to take effect. The Singapore meeting was the first gathering of IPL officials and franchises since the betting and spot-fixing scandal marred the 2013 season. Ravi Sawani, the head of BCCI's anti-corruption unit, addressed the franchises and gave a presentation on the various corruption-related events in the past two IPLs. Sawani also spoke of the various measures his team would put in place to protect the integrity of both the players and the tournament.

December 3, 2013, 05.50 GMT: This figure was earlier stated as 50 million

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • IndCricFan2013 on December 2, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Player retention is important in franchise sports. 1) Fans and TV viewers need to identify themselves with set of players and support their franchise to run a successful franchise. 2) IPL Teams invest in those players, so they have the right to choose. If KXIP and RR or not ready to spend money then it is their issue. CSK did not pick stars except Dhoni. When IPL started no one would pick Hussey, last season no one picked Mohit sharma, Bravo and Faf du plessis were not captains and no where before playing with CSK, Raina was a decent pick 6 years ago, Jadeja got booted and CSK invested in him. Ashwin and Vijay are local players and they improved over last 6 years. It is how the players performed after picking as a part of CSK. Lot of credit goes to Stephen Fleming, support staff, franchise owners and Dhoni. Even no one would pick Fleming in IPL1. So, no point in blaming CSK or MI or RCB for being strong. Others need to make sure they can develop players like CSK,MI (Rhohit),RCB (Virat

  • Lagoskrishna on December 5, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @ JBSA - I don't understand in your list of retention players you have not mentioned Dinesk Karthick he is the likely to be continued No.3 batsmen for MI.

  • Army_rangers on December 4, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Well some of u are complaining about CSK,MI,RCB,well i do agree that to some extent mumbai spent more money than necessary.but look at CSK and RCB,it wasnt their fault that best players are in their team.look at gayle,anyone could have taken him at low cost but instead none was interested..same way when kohli was bought by rcb he was less familiar and not in prime form..so it was smart choice rather than big money spent..

  • Shubham18 on December 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    1) BCCI should have allowed retention of only 3-4 players - 2-3 Indian players & 1 Foreign player.

    This would have given other weak teams a chance to strengthen their line-ups. If a team like RCB chooses to retain Gayle over AB de Villiers, Dilshan, .... then other teams can buy these players in the auction and this would help level the teams.

    2) They should have kept the squad limit to 33 and should have also made it mandatory to include a) 3 U-21 players in the squad b) Atleast 4 players from the state Ranji team. c) 2 players from associate teams which may also include ZIM/BAN

    3) They could also limit no. of matches played by a player in d league games to 12 out of 14. Maybe allow only 2 players to play all matches. This would give players rest and also make it more interesting strategically.

    4) If they want to improve and promote Cricket then they can have 1-2 practice matches for each IPL team vs Associate teams before the start of IPL. Maybe in UAE, Malaysia, USA, etc

  • Sekhar_S on December 4, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    "Retention policy allows POWERFUL franchises to retain players"...the word in caps must be replaced with SMART. We have seen how hitherto unknown players have contributed to the teams's success. Mohit Sharma and Sanju Samson are cases in point. KXP lost the opportunity to build a strong team in 2011 when they went for Adam Gilchrist who was past his expiry date even for street cricket. Instead if they had invested in any of the currently active domestic South Africans or Australians or even a Ranji Trophy leader like Wasim Jaffer or Amol Muzumdar they would have been in a much powerful position today in terms of team strength.

  • on December 4, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    now no interest in ipl with out sachin!!

  • JBSA on December 4, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The Players who the teams to watch out for Retentions

    CSK: Mohit Sharma, F Du Plessis. M Hussey Compulsory to retain: MSD, Raina, Bravo, Ashwin/Vijay, Jadeja/Morkel

    DD: Sehwag, U Chand, M Juneja Compulsory to retain: K Pietersen, D Warner, I Pathan, M Morkel/V Aaron, U Yadav

    KXIP: R Harris Compulsory to retain: S Marsh, D Miller, P Chawla

    KKR: S Al Hasan, Ryan Ten Doeschate Compulsory to retain: J Kallis, G Gambhir, Y Pathan, S Narine, M Shammi/M Tiwary/E Morgan

    MI: D Kulkarni, H Singh, R Dhawan Compulsory to retain: R Sharma, L Malinga, K Pollard, D Smith/M Johnson/G Maxwell, P Ojha/A Rayudu

    RR: S Samson, S Binny Compulsory to retain: S Watson, A Rahane, J Faulkner as others are mostly Non International Indians who can be retained by the team

    RCB: S Tiwary, V Zol Compulsory to retain: C Gayle, AB de Villers, V Kohli, Vinay Kumar/RP Singh/ J Unadkat, Dilshan/R Rampual

    SRH: Q de Kock, A Reddy Compulsory: D Steyn, S Dhawan, JP Duminy, P Patel/A Mishra, K Sangakkara/D Sammy/Perera

  • JBSA on December 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    (Contd..) Just think Delhi had Gambhir, Sehwag, AB Devillers, T Dilshan, Shikhar Dhawan, D Karthik, A Mishra, D Vettori and M Tiwary. And they didn't believe in them and went for a major reshuffle. Now Gambhir is leading KKR in a great way and won them a Championship. S Dhawan is the most dangerous Indian Opener. Vettori is the one of the most economical spinner in T20s. AB is in firing hot form. D Karthik is the second best Indian WK-Batsman after MSD. M Tiwary is one of the promising Indian youngster. Same goes with KXIP with Yuvi, Sanga Mahela, Irfan, B Lee, Rajasthan Royals: R Jadeja, Y Pathan, M Morkel. RCB: R Dravid, R Utthappa, M Pandey, J Kallis, K Pietersen, D Steyn, R Taylor, E Morgan and J Ryder. KKR: A Mendis, A Mathews, B McCullum, C Gayle, B Hodge. Deccan Chargers: Rohit Sharma, A Gilchrist, A Symonds, M Marsh, D Smith, RP Singh

    These players are star players elsewhere in other teams. So isn't it the mistake of the these team rather than blame CSK, MI and RCB????

  • JBSA on December 4, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    The main complaint is against the heavy weights CSK and Mumbai. But to see both the teams, it is the gradual development and the wise spending has made them Heavy weights. Isn't purse available to all the teams same from the starting? Infact, it was disadvantage CSK, when it started first Auction without a ICON player when Delhi had two. Mumbai and Kolkatta made mistakes with first auction. But teams like Deccan Chargers or Kings XI Punjab never got to know the trick of Auction. When it came the first retention, it was wise move by MI and CSK to retain its core players. Other teams made stupid moves by releasing its star players. But CSK and MI persisted and went with half pursue and made their motive clear. Only CSK, MI and RR really go into the auction with knowing whom the team needs. Oflate, SRH and KKR are getting it. But complaining about the Heavy weight is unjustified though the transfer window helps the mighty money spender. There shd be some strict action towards it (Contd..)

  • mmmuthukumar on December 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    If DD and KXI bid $2.5 Milloin on Raina, CSK will have to let him go. Dhoni, Shikar, Virat, Rohit are the only $2.5 million guys, who will lead their teams. Gambhir might fetch a shade less, So I feel big wigs will not and cannot retain all, Their purses won"t allow that. Watson, Gayle and KP might fetch the max for foreign players.

  • IndCricFan2013 on December 2, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Player retention is important in franchise sports. 1) Fans and TV viewers need to identify themselves with set of players and support their franchise to run a successful franchise. 2) IPL Teams invest in those players, so they have the right to choose. If KXIP and RR or not ready to spend money then it is their issue. CSK did not pick stars except Dhoni. When IPL started no one would pick Hussey, last season no one picked Mohit sharma, Bravo and Faf du plessis were not captains and no where before playing with CSK, Raina was a decent pick 6 years ago, Jadeja got booted and CSK invested in him. Ashwin and Vijay are local players and they improved over last 6 years. It is how the players performed after picking as a part of CSK. Lot of credit goes to Stephen Fleming, support staff, franchise owners and Dhoni. Even no one would pick Fleming in IPL1. So, no point in blaming CSK or MI or RCB for being strong. Others need to make sure they can develop players like CSK,MI (Rhohit),RCB (Virat

  • Lagoskrishna on December 5, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @ JBSA - I don't understand in your list of retention players you have not mentioned Dinesk Karthick he is the likely to be continued No.3 batsmen for MI.

  • Army_rangers on December 4, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Well some of u are complaining about CSK,MI,RCB,well i do agree that to some extent mumbai spent more money than necessary.but look at CSK and RCB,it wasnt their fault that best players are in their team.look at gayle,anyone could have taken him at low cost but instead none was interested..same way when kohli was bought by rcb he was less familiar and not in prime form..so it was smart choice rather than big money spent..

  • Shubham18 on December 4, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    1) BCCI should have allowed retention of only 3-4 players - 2-3 Indian players & 1 Foreign player.

    This would have given other weak teams a chance to strengthen their line-ups. If a team like RCB chooses to retain Gayle over AB de Villiers, Dilshan, .... then other teams can buy these players in the auction and this would help level the teams.

    2) They should have kept the squad limit to 33 and should have also made it mandatory to include a) 3 U-21 players in the squad b) Atleast 4 players from the state Ranji team. c) 2 players from associate teams which may also include ZIM/BAN

    3) They could also limit no. of matches played by a player in d league games to 12 out of 14. Maybe allow only 2 players to play all matches. This would give players rest and also make it more interesting strategically.

    4) If they want to improve and promote Cricket then they can have 1-2 practice matches for each IPL team vs Associate teams before the start of IPL. Maybe in UAE, Malaysia, USA, etc

  • Sekhar_S on December 4, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    "Retention policy allows POWERFUL franchises to retain players"...the word in caps must be replaced with SMART. We have seen how hitherto unknown players have contributed to the teams's success. Mohit Sharma and Sanju Samson are cases in point. KXP lost the opportunity to build a strong team in 2011 when they went for Adam Gilchrist who was past his expiry date even for street cricket. Instead if they had invested in any of the currently active domestic South Africans or Australians or even a Ranji Trophy leader like Wasim Jaffer or Amol Muzumdar they would have been in a much powerful position today in terms of team strength.

  • on December 4, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    now no interest in ipl with out sachin!!

  • JBSA on December 4, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    The Players who the teams to watch out for Retentions

    CSK: Mohit Sharma, F Du Plessis. M Hussey Compulsory to retain: MSD, Raina, Bravo, Ashwin/Vijay, Jadeja/Morkel

    DD: Sehwag, U Chand, M Juneja Compulsory to retain: K Pietersen, D Warner, I Pathan, M Morkel/V Aaron, U Yadav

    KXIP: R Harris Compulsory to retain: S Marsh, D Miller, P Chawla

    KKR: S Al Hasan, Ryan Ten Doeschate Compulsory to retain: J Kallis, G Gambhir, Y Pathan, S Narine, M Shammi/M Tiwary/E Morgan

    MI: D Kulkarni, H Singh, R Dhawan Compulsory to retain: R Sharma, L Malinga, K Pollard, D Smith/M Johnson/G Maxwell, P Ojha/A Rayudu

    RR: S Samson, S Binny Compulsory to retain: S Watson, A Rahane, J Faulkner as others are mostly Non International Indians who can be retained by the team

    RCB: S Tiwary, V Zol Compulsory to retain: C Gayle, AB de Villers, V Kohli, Vinay Kumar/RP Singh/ J Unadkat, Dilshan/R Rampual

    SRH: Q de Kock, A Reddy Compulsory: D Steyn, S Dhawan, JP Duminy, P Patel/A Mishra, K Sangakkara/D Sammy/Perera

  • JBSA on December 4, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    (Contd..) Just think Delhi had Gambhir, Sehwag, AB Devillers, T Dilshan, Shikhar Dhawan, D Karthik, A Mishra, D Vettori and M Tiwary. And they didn't believe in them and went for a major reshuffle. Now Gambhir is leading KKR in a great way and won them a Championship. S Dhawan is the most dangerous Indian Opener. Vettori is the one of the most economical spinner in T20s. AB is in firing hot form. D Karthik is the second best Indian WK-Batsman after MSD. M Tiwary is one of the promising Indian youngster. Same goes with KXIP with Yuvi, Sanga Mahela, Irfan, B Lee, Rajasthan Royals: R Jadeja, Y Pathan, M Morkel. RCB: R Dravid, R Utthappa, M Pandey, J Kallis, K Pietersen, D Steyn, R Taylor, E Morgan and J Ryder. KKR: A Mendis, A Mathews, B McCullum, C Gayle, B Hodge. Deccan Chargers: Rohit Sharma, A Gilchrist, A Symonds, M Marsh, D Smith, RP Singh

    These players are star players elsewhere in other teams. So isn't it the mistake of the these team rather than blame CSK, MI and RCB????

  • JBSA on December 4, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    The main complaint is against the heavy weights CSK and Mumbai. But to see both the teams, it is the gradual development and the wise spending has made them Heavy weights. Isn't purse available to all the teams same from the starting? Infact, it was disadvantage CSK, when it started first Auction without a ICON player when Delhi had two. Mumbai and Kolkatta made mistakes with first auction. But teams like Deccan Chargers or Kings XI Punjab never got to know the trick of Auction. When it came the first retention, it was wise move by MI and CSK to retain its core players. Other teams made stupid moves by releasing its star players. But CSK and MI persisted and went with half pursue and made their motive clear. Only CSK, MI and RR really go into the auction with knowing whom the team needs. Oflate, SRH and KKR are getting it. But complaining about the Heavy weight is unjustified though the transfer window helps the mighty money spender. There shd be some strict action towards it (Contd..)

  • mmmuthukumar on December 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    If DD and KXI bid $2.5 Milloin on Raina, CSK will have to let him go. Dhoni, Shikar, Virat, Rohit are the only $2.5 million guys, who will lead their teams. Gambhir might fetch a shade less, So I feel big wigs will not and cannot retain all, Their purses won"t allow that. Watson, Gayle and KP might fetch the max for foreign players.

  • SANATP22 on December 4, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Hope each IPl team get good player to have compressive ipl 7 addition. Mumbai indian, Chenai Super king are strong side.

  • LegSpinBowlr on December 3, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    Hope to see some pak players atleast in this auction

  • on December 3, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    RCB has quite a few good players and three top-class ones (Gayle, Kohli and AB de Villiers).With this new system, they can now also retain players like Ravi Rampaul,Moises Henriques etc.This new system is great...My best wishes for RCB in the future.

  • on December 3, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Yeah,I agree with IndCricFan2013.Dwayne Bravo was purchased at his base price 3 years ago.Doug bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus also had similar cases.In 2008,Kohli for RCB was just a 19 year old boy who hadn't had played for india.Shaun Marsh was also purchased at the last moment.David Miller was never an international hero.Rajat Bhatia and Kedar Jadhav were yet to get some good exposure.Latest example is Sanju Samson.So,you need to create heroes.Not get the created ones. I think upcoming IPL heroes are gary ballance,sandeep warrier,suryakant Pradhan,Vijay Zol,Bipul SHarma,Rishi DHawan.

  • on December 3, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Hurray CSK will have Dhoni, Raina, Hussey, Ashwin, Morkel, Jaddu, M.Vijay & Morris...CSK pls rope in Gayle, Dhawan, Rayudu, Steyn, Bhuvi & Sami...

  • on December 3, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Doesn't matter who you pick , end of the day the player has to be match fit pysicaly and mentaly , otherwise no point ,and the team has to be balanced one plus they have to perform consistantly through out the tournament , so end result look at team like Man uni you will get the answer, Cheers.

  • anshu.s on December 3, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    It is time IPL gives up this pretence of having a level playing field and having these frequent auctions, there is something called team loyalty where a supporter identifies or supports a certain IPL team because they like certain set of players representing that particular team, frequent chopping and changing disturbs that equlibrium,i agree with whatever @ venkat_75r posted, i suggest so called smaller teams make better use of there purse and identify young u-19 Indian talent or other deserving players from domestic circuit, may be they can make use of Pakistani players if they are allowed or look at certain high profile cricketers who are not getting game time at other franchises.

  • on December 3, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    I am close looking of all the players there are some player who is performing well but the did not appeared in IPL which is indian league so let try those players also.

  • Wahlberg on December 3, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    All the constraints if implemented would make it tough for the franchisees.Moreover the chance of pakistan players getting to play in IPL-7 would make the auction still more exciting. Hope to see the Afridis, Ajmals and Akmals being picked by the teams.

  • mmmuthukumar on December 3, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    A big salute to INd Cric Fan 2013. You hit the nail on the head. Exactly the same I was feeling. CSK needs no more than 14 players, they play with the same team throughout. All the rest were for practice I suppose. This works for them. Go CSK go.

  • anupam9992 on December 3, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    happy 4 srh, they can now retain dhawan, steyn, perera, sammy, mishra, hope they will buy yuvi,bhuvaneshwar, uthappa, and a good overseas player, thought that there will be some heavy competition 4 rayudu, but now I can see mumbai retaining him,

  • on December 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    There is a great chance of Sehwag playing for MI as they are looking for a replacement for SACHIN. It would be better for MI of they retain Rohit, Bhaji, Malinga, Maxwell and Pollard. Also they need to 'Right to Match' Smith, Johnson and Rayudu. Maxwell is a must retain one. He is gong towards his peak in the next 3 years. He can be handy in Indian conditions.

  • vj4metal on December 3, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Makes a lot of sense. The loyalty of the fan base has been considered which is very important in franchisee games.

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    It's great from bcci but I would request bcci to add Pakistani and afghan players

  • imtiazjaleel on December 3, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    i really support the idea of retention of 5 players, otherwise what happens is that teams will become like a puzzle and it will be very difficult for the owners, coaches, support staff to build a team again. i also suggest to have 10 teams in the IPL divided into two groups of 5 each, playing round robin and two semifinals and one final which will be a total of 43 games which i believe is enough.

  • Siva_Bala75 on December 3, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Overall, a very fair and just formula- these rules balance out many things. Secondly, I wish Pakistanis are included too- love to see Hafiz helping an underdog team do well. The difference between Indian vs Overseas player pay packet will be even larger because now each team can take max 9 overseas players.

  • on December 3, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    With the "Right to match" & 5 players retention there will be certain disadvantage. Players like Styen , Dhoni , Raina, VK will never be available for the auctions & they are gonna stuck with their franchises. Its like BPL now. Certain players gonna stuck with their franchises forever. But the main adv lies in this only.!! With these players gonna be with their franchises they can give a certain base to new comers in the team. With this 8 man retaining policy the most happy teams will be CSK & MI. MI can now retain Smith pollard rohit malinga johnson, with Right to match with DK, Raydu & Bhajji.!!! CSK will surely retain Dhoni , Hussey bravo raina with right to match with Murli vijay Ashwin Mohit sharma!! Rest all the teams i guess wont be using the Right to match!!

    It will be interesting to see things now with IPL -7

  • adnankaps on December 3, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    I would love to see some Pakistan Players in the IPL. I know currently not many are good enough, but a few like the Ajmals or Maqsood could make the cut.

  • himanshu.team on December 3, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Trouble is that are clearly some teams with very little money to spend and some with a lot of money. Teams like MI and CSK will always remain the teams to beat in IPL unless a way is devised to change that. However, there is no inclination to change that from BCCI. Trouble with a team like RR is that they spend a lot of effort and sweat in developing a player, only to loose him next year because richer teams can pay for him more. Some big examples are Jadeja and Yousouf Pathan. However, that also brings the creativity in a team like RR out. They keep trusting the players and keep hitting above their weight year in and year out. Only flaw I see in this whole process is that players have no say whatsoever. Even if Binny wants to be with RR next year, he may have no choice to move to another team, which may not even play him at all during the IPL. Several overseas players return home after playing only one or two matches or none at all! This is not good for cricket and IPL

  • Htc-Baseball on December 3, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    This is perfect and finally some sense prevails in the IPL administration. Changing the core of the team at IPL IV literally ruined IPL. Retention allows people to have a regard for thier team and a sense of their own. Weaker teams should look at new and promising talents at the dsiposal, if Pakistan players are allowed then it gives the lesser teams more option and restore equality. Imagine RR get Ajmal in place of brad Hogg,then RR would be the team to beat.

  • venkat_75r on December 3, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Player retention is very important. Look at Ryan Gibbs and Man U. Chopping and changing will make people lose out interest. 5 foreign players and 5 indian players should be retained. I would suggest the following Once the player's contract ends (3 years) either it should be renewed but the salary should be double or he should be brought back to auction at the base price.

  • satzzz on December 3, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    If not 100 percent atleast clost to the mark of retaintion will happen as below.

    CSK: Dhoni, Raina, Sir Jaddu, Ash, Vijay(Indian players will go on high sum if left into auction than the foreign counterparts) 'Right to Match' Card: Morris, Bravo, Mohit CSK will definitely go on to buy Hussey but the matter of fact is he won't last 3 seasons. So, he can surely be bought from the auction.

    MI: Rohit, Bajji, Pollard, Malinga, Rayudu RTM Card: Ojha, Johnson, Dwayne Smith

    RCB: Virat, Gayle, ABD, RP

    SRH: Dhawan, Steyn, Amit Mishra

    KKR: Gambhir, Narine

    RR: Watson

    KP, DD: No Players will be retained

  • on December 3, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Player retention will help the team to maintain their fan following and franchise's efforts in building a strong team. CsK, MI & RCB will be benefited for the hardwork they have invested. Even though small franchises have concerns, they can get good players atleast now and build the team instead of opposing the retention. There is no point in cribbing on right to match card. If CSK wants to use right to match card , they can't use for all the players because of the pursue restrictions. So I think CSK will retain MSD, RAINA, JADDU, ASH & BRAVO. They will use right to match card for hussey, Mohit & morris. They will try to buy back all their players it they have amount in the purse.

  • vigneshvinu on December 3, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    CSK and MI will benefit from these idea.CSK must not retain jadeja who has been unlucky for them. CSK will retain Dhoni,raina,bravo,vijay,ashwin if hussey will play next three seasons he too can be retained. MI will retain Rohit,Bhaji,pollard,malinga. RCB will retain Gayle,Kohli RR Watson SRH dhawan,Steyn KKr Gambhir,Narine

  • SRAM20 on December 3, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Its a no brainer that CSK will retain MS Dhoni. The guy himself wants to stay with our team. This time, CSK should retain Hussey, Ashwin, Bravo and Raina. I wouldn't retain the likes of Vijay, Morkel, etc. If need be, they can buy these guys back or something.

  • fosterbat on December 3, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Time to raise the foreign player quota to 5 players per game. It will increase. Worldwide interest in the league and the quality of play. This is such a no-brainer its hard to fathom the administration's resistance. Do it now.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 2, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    I did not read the story because I am not interested in the Indian T20 competition, but the headline caught my eye, REDUCE THE SALARY CAP, the money is the ONLY reason world class players want to play in a T20 comp away from there homelands.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on December 2, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    These players will attract the most amount of money this auction (based on performances and value for money imo): Dhoni, Gayle, Kohli, AB, Shakib, Pollard, Steyn, Hussey, Raina, Dhawan, Sharma, narine.

  • on December 2, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    I think BCCI should go for auctions every 4 years in IPL. In this way IPL teams will be able to create a better team with better chemistry among the players. Having auction every year does not make any sense and is against the chemistry of the teams.

  • Ravi_Chintakunta on December 2, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Currently, the matches with few teams are almost walkovers and those teams have been tagged as underdogs, So, does a one time selection of the good players hold good for all the rest of the seasons?

  • Ajronald on December 2, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Well said @IndCricFan2013!! To add to that, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Sehwag, Yuvraj and Sachin were declared as the icons of RCB, DC, KKR, DD, KXI Punjab respectively in the first edition of IPL. That left only RR and CSK without any icon players. CSK made the right investment in getting MSD to their squad for the highest amount in that auction.

  • kaustavdutta4 on December 2, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    new rules r good. specially the involvement of more indian players will help india to find new talents and all the domestic talents can get exposure to the international level. it is good for indian cricket. and far as player retaining rules r concerned, every franchise should retain their main players for whom they have been popular. also the fans would like to see their main players in their own team. so every team should maintain their identity with their main players for their fans to cheer about. whether the teams like mi or csk retain their players or nt, they will always build a strong team. bt I think csk as usual will retain their most of the players during auction. this is one of the main reason behind their consistancy.

  • IndCricFan2013 on December 2, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    CSK 12:

    5 to Retain: Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin and Mohit. 3 right to buy: Hussey, Bravo, Morris. 3 On the auction: Vijay, Badrinath, Holder + some one like Steyn/Malinga

    MI 12: 5 to Retain: Rohit, Malinga, Karthik,Pollard, Mitchell Johnson 3 right to buy: Kulkarni, Maxwell, Harbajan 3 on the auction: Raydu, Smith, another bastman + some one like Hussey to open

  • DEVGADU on December 2, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    @Ravi1505 At the end of the day current teams are the teams the franchisees have chosen themselves for whatever reasons and if we are assuming this change would hurt them they are eventually paying for it and the stronger teams are eventually earning their dividends for investing in good team. This makes it more closer to EPL which is a successful tournament too , people would know whom they are supporting and loyalty factor increases among fans which is profitable to the league.

  • Ravi_Chintakunta on December 2, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    SRH might look as a good team, but my point here is related to the player retention. Even if a weak team wants to hire some new players like Carberry, entirely out of the pool, they still have to bid him against all the other teams who might have already retained their key players and have the choice of intelligent bidding for rest of their players.

  • Aju.Nair on December 2, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    It was informed to everyone during the last season that no player will be retained and there will be only a fresh auction.. Now the point here is most of the franchise will keep their main players...This is not good..let the new team be there for next two seasons..Godspeed..

  • thiruven on December 2, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    IPL is the most important global sporting event with respect to cricket. It is time to have 5 foreign players per team not 4. Expanding the league may also be considered.

  • on December 2, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    I dont understand the auction system. Why have auction every couple of years? I have never seen in any league this happening. Instead of auction why cant there be a transfer window where clubs can buy and sell players, like in football. There wont be single team a cricketer would be passionate about.

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 2, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    SRH should buy Carberry, he has been the top batsman in the English FP T20 2 years running it would be great to see him and Dhawan opening together. SRH have been a good side but their opening slot has been a problem an experienced top class player like Carberry would add a great deal he kills it in England v much harder bowling and plays spin better than most English batsman with quick footwork.

  • Ravi_Chintakunta on December 2, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    I think these rules are pretty unfair to the weaker teams. Consider Chennai,MI and RCB retaing their top five players, what would be the fate of the rest of the teams,Already SRH seems to be one of the weakest teams except for Dhawan and Steyn, they would have none to choose from the rest of the pool. More sad is the Right to Match thing where a team pursues bargaining in hope of getting a good player and lose out just because he is in the current team. This knocks out the odds of top 6th or 7th players of a team to be transferred as well. If these still come into play, The auction is unnecessary and IPL needs to be redefined as a tournament where all the teams compete to play chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in the knockouts which already has been happening.

  • CodandChips on December 2, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    A shame on player rention. IPL is too heavily weighted toward Mumbai and Chennai. Hopefully the salary cap will help that a bit.

    Also hope Alex Hales gets a go. He'd certainly benefit from it.

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    mumbai retain rohit malinga maxwell pollard and harbhajan

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    "right to match " is the best concept , teams should be allowed to retain only one "icon Player" so CSK can retain Dhoni and if they want RJ or Suresh Raina then they will have to pay the amount that others are ready to pay that way it is fair for other teams Instead of getting them at a standard Salary cap

  • They.Ra.S on December 2, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    IPL increased no. of players can be retained from 4 to 5 plus additional 3 bcas srini team csk need more players to be retained, that is the reason.

  • viru-319-219 on December 2, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    What is the need of auction when you are allowing franchises to keep 8 players............. MI,CSK,RCB will be the strongest teams with KXIP,RR weak and DD,KKR and SRH being average

    Just think what difference can it make for a team like SRH if they buy Gayle or McCullum they just need one good batsman to move from average team to good team tag. Player retention is robbing them of that because the players available in auction are not as good as SRH wants them to be. SRH is just an example ...

    Complete player auction will make IPL even ground for all teams until then stong teams get stronger and weak teams will remain weak

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 2, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    I hope Mumbai retain Smith Pollard Malinga Johnson and Maxwel easily my favourite side to watch and they seem like they have a real good team spirit.

  • A.Ak on December 2, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    CSK as usual will get their players back. MI will spend a lot on hero's..

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Pls bring on 5 foreign players to play in a team :) Would make it more interesting :)

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    There's no need of increasing the number of retention as 4 seems to be a neutral one. Allowing teams to retain more than 4 and reducing the squad strength from 33 to 27 seems to be senseless. The 'right to match' card is totally a worst concept.

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    pakistani player will be included or not ???????? big question

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    pakistani player will be included or not ???????? big question

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    There's no need of increasing the number of retention as 4 seems to be a neutral one. Allowing teams to retain more than 4 and reducing the squad strength from 33 to 27 seems to be senseless. The 'right to match' card is totally a worst concept.

  • on December 2, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Pls bring on 5 foreign players to play in a team :) Would make it more interesting :)

  • A.Ak on December 2, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    CSK as usual will get their players back. MI will spend a lot on hero's..

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 2, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    I hope Mumbai retain Smith Pollard Malinga Johnson and Maxwel easily my favourite side to watch and they seem like they have a real good team spirit.

  • viru-319-219 on December 2, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    What is the need of auction when you are allowing franchises to keep 8 players............. MI,CSK,RCB will be the strongest teams with KXIP,RR weak and DD,KKR and SRH being average

    Just think what difference can it make for a team like SRH if they buy Gayle or McCullum they just need one good batsman to move from average team to good team tag. Player retention is robbing them of that because the players available in auction are not as good as SRH wants them to be. SRH is just an example ...

    Complete player auction will make IPL even ground for all teams until then stong teams get stronger and weak teams will remain weak

  • They.Ra.S on December 2, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    IPL increased no. of players can be retained from 4 to 5 plus additional 3 bcas srini team csk need more players to be retained, that is the reason.

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    "right to match " is the best concept , teams should be allowed to retain only one "icon Player" so CSK can retain Dhoni and if they want RJ or Suresh Raina then they will have to pay the amount that others are ready to pay that way it is fair for other teams Instead of getting them at a standard Salary cap

  • on December 2, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    mumbai retain rohit malinga maxwell pollard and harbhajan

  • CodandChips on December 2, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    A shame on player rention. IPL is too heavily weighted toward Mumbai and Chennai. Hopefully the salary cap will help that a bit.

    Also hope Alex Hales gets a go. He'd certainly benefit from it.