IPL to introduce mid-tournament player transfers like EPL?

IPL to introduce mid-tournament player transfers like EPL

This seems to be the mantra of the once-disgraced Indian Premier League (IPL) team as its owners sat along with their former colleagues during a meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday.

A final decision on the matter can be take only during the next IPL Governing council meet. Though nothing concrete was decided, the majority view was to "stick to eight teams as against 10, which was floated as an alternate option by the GC".

Khan's views coincided with some very important issues that were discussed among the owners, primary being the hike in salary purse for cricketers, retention of players and the new business model of the league that'll be in play now after Star India Pvt Ltd bought the media rights in September for a massive Rs 16,347 crore.

But Royals (Rajasthan dropped from their name) surprisingly got backing from Kolkata Knight Riders on their demand of "no player retention policy". "I think we will be able to finalize the details in a fortnight", said Shukla.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are in huge favour of retaining players for IPL 2018.

It is also revealed that both Chennai and Royals can only retain players from their 2015 squads which means Delhi Daredevils can't have the likes of Chris Morris and Sanju Samson in their team if Royals retain the duo as they played for them in 2015.

CSK and RR will be making a comeback in the 2018 IPL after being suspended for two years, with charges of spot fixing.

Most of the other teams wanted anything between 3 to 5 (including retention and Right To Match) while salary cap will be raised from Rs 60 crore to Rs 75 crore.

Among the players CSK might wish to retain are MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo. Some of them being the Pandya brothers (Hardik and Krunal), Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Jos Buttler among others.

It was after a long time that majority of the owners turned up for a discussion over lunch with the IPL governing council members.

The number suggested ranged between one and five, as for retention. "Rajasthan Royals was represented by Manoj Badale while CSK's Representative John George".

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