There has been a lot of brouhaha over which players would these sides retain since they had not been a part of the IPL roster past year.
If a team does not wish to retain any player, it will still have the option of three Right to Match.
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. He will be among the players who CSK will retain as per the player retention rules decided upon in the IPL Governing Council meeting. It has been decided that a franchise can retain a maximum of five players using one of the two combinations - three pre-auction retentions and two RTMs or two pre-auction retentions and three RTMs. Each franchise team will have a maximum of 25 players (up to eight foreign) and a minimum of 18 players. The guidelines state that both CSK and Rajasthan Royals (RR) can retain any player which played for them in IPL 2015 and were also a part of the squad of RPS and Gujarat Lions (GL) in IPL 2017. The player auctions for the next IPL is scheduled to take place in February 2018. The cap extends ot INR 82 crore for the 2019 season and extends further to INR 85 crore for the 2020 edition.
In October this year, the IPL governing council floated a proposal, stating that CSK and RR can retain players who moved to Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions for two years following a draft.
The retention policies listed by IPL Governing Council on Wednesday has again opened doors for Dhoni to make a return to CSK.
"(On MS Dhoni coming back to CSK as captain) Obvious, yes. The earlier reserve price of uncapped players has been escalated from INR 10, 20, and 30 lakh to INR 20, 30, and 40 lakh respectively.
In the secured players, a team may pick a maximum number of 3 capped Indian players, maximum of 2 overseas players, and a maximum of 2 uncapped Indian players.