The IPL, or Indian Premier League, is the most popular league for T20 matches across the world. It allows fans to see their favorite players in action and also lets young and upcoming cricketers demonstrate their prowess with the bat and/or ball.
The 2018 edition of the VIVO IPL has undergone a few rule changes. The two franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, are back after a two-year hiatus. Here are some changes in rules for VIVO IPL 2018:
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned for a period of two years and are making a comeback in the 2018 VIVO IPL. When the two franchises were banned, just Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions were allowed to bid for their players. However, Gujarat and Pune teams are not included in the 2018 IPL. This means that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are allowed to retain their old players.
All franchises have been given permission to retain up to five players using the IPL retention rule of the Right to Match card. If a franchise is using the retention rule, they can retain three players and the remaining two will have to be retained using the Right to Match card on the day of the auction.
If two or fewer players are retained prior to the auction, that franchise will be able to exercise three Right to Match cards.
Understanding the Retention Rule
Retention comes at a cost. If a franchise decides to retain three players, they would have to shell out INR 15 crores, INR 11 crores and INR 7 crore. This amount will be deducted from the franchise’s auction budget.
On the other hand, if the franchise retains two players, they would have to pay INR 12.5 crore to the first player and INR 8.5 crore to the second player. If just one player is retained, it would cost the franchise INR 12.5 crore.
Change in Squad Size
Each franchise is allowed to have a maximum of 25 players and the minimum for the roster is 18 players.
IPL governing body also increased the purse amount to INR 78 crores. This is a 20% hike compared to the previous year, but franchises are obligated to spend at least 75% of the salary cap each IPL season.