It’s official now. When IPL Season IV’s auction happens, the team owners will have the option of retaining four Indians and three foreign players.
This was formally cleared by the IPL governing council which met in Mumbai on last Sunday. As reported this on January 1 this year. It was also unanimously decided that the contracted Indian cricketers will have a cap of 14 matches for the season.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings owner and BCCI secretary N Srinivasan had reportedly voiced his objection to the proposal of having fresh auction for all the IPL players. He had said that the brand established around certain players and teams would be lost if big names were signed by other teams after three years.
This essentially means that if Chennai Super Kings retains MS Dhoni, he will be allowed to play only 14 matches. There will 18 league matches next year plus a semifinal match, an extra match for the third slot or the final.
“This also means that the teams will appoint two captains if any contracted player is leading an IPL team,” an IPL source said.