After a stretched meeting between the stakeholders of the IPL franchises, the mystery related to the retention of players remained unsolved. Another question which also did not get a proper answer is whether to allow the returning Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.
The meeting marked by top authorities and representatives of the eight IPL franchises pitching in their suggestions about the 2018 IPL auction to the IPL governing council members. BCCI office-bearers, executives and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators were also present to supervise and keep an extremely close eye on the proceedings.
Speaking about the same, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said,
“The meeting went off very well. The whole idea was to invite the actual owners of the teams and solicit their views of the IPL after ten years to be conducted,”
“There were number of issues including the number of players, a salary cap of the players, the playing squad (size), and the total number of the teams. All these issues were discussed other than the venue for auction and the dates of the auction and the inaugural ceremony. “I think in a fortnight the governing council will finalise the details.”
The issue of whether IPL should have eight or ten teams was also brought up, but most of the franchises decided to stick to eight.
“With the CSK and RR returning to the IPL fold after serving a two-year suspension, the representatives of both the teams made a request that they be given the first right over players who were signed with them for the IPL-2015,” added Shukla.
However, Rajeev Shukla believes all teams should be treated with equal importance.
“Right now, I can’t say anything because once we take the decision about retention and right to match after that, I can tell you,” he said.
“A majority of the franchises were of the view that retention or right to match should be given, so we will keep that aspect in mind.”
When asked about the number of players that are likely to be retained by each team, Shukla said:
“We have taken their opinion. Somebody said three players; somebody said five players, somebody said more than five players, somebody said one player. So majority we will take into account.”