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Players Retention Policy to Highlight IPL Meet on November 22 

Players Retention Policy to Highlight IPL Meet on November 22
IPL has become a massive success which was marred by scandal. Photo Credit: Web.

Players retentions policy will highlight the tomorrow’s (Wednesday) meet with the IPL franchise owners, which will take place in Mumbai.

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Mumbai Indians won the 10th edition by one-run against Rising Pune Supergaint. Photo Credit: Getty Images,

As per a report in TOI, presently, the general idea which has been made is that every franchise will be allowed to a retain a maximum of three players and they can use the right to match card on two players.

“Right-to-match was used in the IPL before and it served its purpose well. A franchise may not want to directly renegotiate with its players or may want to understand the value of that player from the perspective of other franchises interested in him. Right-to-match can help in such a situation where the player doesn’t lose out on his salary and the franchise doesn’t have to do any uncomfortable renegotiation,” an executive involved with the league told TOI.

The right to match card got introduced in the year 2014, and the use of it depended on the number of players retained by a franchise before the auction. As per the right to match card, a franchise had the powers to retain a player by buying him at the highest price he has been sold at the auction.

However, the player should have been part of the team in the previous edition. A franchise like Royal Challengers Bangalore can use the right to match card on Stuart Binny only, as he was the part of the side in IPL 10.

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Chennai-based team lift IPL title twice in first eight years. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

It would be interesting to see that whether players of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions will be put in auction or Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals would be allowed to pick three players out of these.

However, if the franchise would be allowed to retain players, then there are chances that Virat Kohli might continue to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore, a franchise for which he has played for all ten years of IPL.

Apart from the retention policy, topics like auction purse, the transfer window and many others will be discussed to make out a consensus among the franchises.

Meanwhile, the franchises have already started figuring out the members of backroom staff for the upcoming season. TA Sekhar, who stepped down from his post at Delhi Daredevils, is expected to make a comeback to Mumbai Indians for the upcoming season.

Ricky Ponting, who was with the Mumbai Indians from 2013 to 2016 in different roles, is in talks with Delhi Daredevils and is expected to replace Rahul Dravid as the coach of the side after the latter was appointed as the Head Coach of India and India U-19.

Reports also suggest that Mumbai Indians is not keen on retaining Lasith Malinga, who has been part of the franchise right from the day he has started playing IPL.

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