The world-class T20 cricketing league is coming back with a bang this year. IPL 2018 is going to be bigger than ever with Chennai SuperKings and Rajasthan Royals returning to the games this year. But, the strengths and strategies for the IPL teams will be decided way before the first ball is bowled, right in January with IPL Auction 2018.
IPL Auction 2018:
This time around there is a twist in the tale! The organizers have introduced a new rule of Retention and Right to Match in the IPL Auction 2018. So, how do these new rules work? The team Franchises have an option to retain/keep up to five players from their original teams. This can be done in two ways namely Retention and Right to Match. The Retention decision should be made by the franchises prior to the actual auction. Each franchise can retain a maximum of three players from its original team.
What if a franchise decides to retain no player? In this case, that particular franchise will be eligible to retain players with Right to Match (RTM) on the day of IPL Auction 2018. On the other hand, if a franchise chooses to retain 3 players through retention it will be eligible to hold only 2 players through RTM.
Now, what is RTM? This rule in the auction will give the power to a franchise to match a successful bid for a player from its original team and hold them in its team. For example: If Shane Watson is placed in the auction and if any other franchise has successfully bid a certain amount for him, then his team RCB can match the same amount and retain him in their team.
The top players who are expected to be retained this year are M.S. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Matt Henry, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Shane Watson, Pawan Negi, Deepak Hooda, Ben Cutting, Eklavya Dwivedi, Chris Morris, Karun Nair, Pravin Tambe and Sanju Samson.
Apart from these new rules, IPL Auction 2018 also has some other precise rules and regulations. Every Franchise has to follow the rules of recruiting only maximum of 3 capped Indian players, maximum of 2 uncapped Indian players and only 2 overseas players as an upper limit.
Many changes and surprises are expected at this year’s auction. Especially, the cash is going to flow with the increase in the per player salary cap from the 66 crores cap last time to 80 crores for the IPL Auction 2018. Big players are expected make big bucks this time. The team size has been confined though; every franchise can only get a maximum of 25 players as compared to 2017’s 27 players and a minimum of 18 players. A Franchise can only make a place for 8 overseas players in its team.
If the player auctions would look anything like last September’s media rights auctions. Then be prepared for a Landslide of money flowing into the pockets of the players. This September, Star India bought the media rights of IPL for a whopping Rs.16, 347.50 crores. Let’s wait and watch how the players’ auction will turn out & list of IPL 2018 players sold and unsold.