Do you know the reason why RR and CSK were banned from the IPL?
2018 saw Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings make a return to the land of the Indian Premier League after serving a two-year ban on them from cricket’s showpiece T20 tournament. After reports and investigations into the tournament that had endured a torrid time, ridden with unsavoury and cringe-worthy incidents revealed a huge match-fixing scandal ongoing in the league, the Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were found to be heavily involved in the incidents, resulting in the Board of Control for Cricket in India having to take a step of such magnitude to curb down on such incidents.
Coming back to the reason why RR and CSK were banned from the IPL, it was not just match-fixing that had shocked and stunned the world of the IPL though with various circumstances of illegal betting also being caught. While this problem has been quelled over the past couple of years with authorities, agencies and the governing bodies coming down heavily on people involved in such nefarious activities, there is still work to be done on the subject with lesser but new instances sprucing up every season of the IPL.
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Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings made a return to the tournament in 2018 for the 11th edition of the frontier league as the IPL started regaining its prestige and lost glory. Tying up with Star Sports for a world record amount in the game that saw the broadcaster sign up for a fees of $2.5 to showcase the event in India, the league not only reverted to type with the original 8 teams that had made it such a magnanimous success in its first couple of years but also brought about new rules in the auction process and matches to make the league a much more streamlined and entertaining affair.
Before the auction of IPL 2018, both RR and CSK were allowed to retain up to a total of 3 players as opposed to the 5 by the remaining franchises. It was also a season that the BCCI mull up and bring into implementation a slew of changes when it came to retaining and buying players.
A). Player Retention Policy
• A maximum of either 3 retentions or 3 RTM at the discretion of the franchises
• If there is no retention before player auction then franchises can have up to 3 RTM
Following will apply irrespective of player retention or RTM
• A maximum number of 3 Capped Indian players.
• A maximum number of 2 overseas players.
• A maximum number of 2 Uncapped Indian players.
(B). Salary Cap
2018 – INR 80 Crore
2019 – INR 82 Crore
2020 – INR 85 Crore
The minimum spend will be 75 percent of the salary cap for each season.
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(C). Player Retention Price Guideline
(i) Option 1
3 players retained pre-auction Salary Cap Charged Rs. Cr
Player 1 15
Player 2 11
Player 3 7
(ii) Option 2
2 players retained pre-auction Salary Cap Charged Rs. Cr
Player 1 12.5
Player 2 8.5
(iii) Option 3
1 player retained pre-auction Salary Cap Charged Rs. Cr
Player 1 12.5
• Uncapped players INR 3 crore per player.
• The deduction from the salary purse in case of retention will be determined on the basis of guideline price or actual price (whichever is higher).
(D). Franchise Squad Size
A maximum of 25 players (up to 8 overseas) and a minimum of 18 players.
CSK had a good return to the IPL as they went onto win the title in the very first year on their return to the league with the same equation of players being brought back together to result in a winning predicament for them.
Elsewhere, things didn’t go down that smoothly for RR though with Steve Smith having to sit out after being banned for indulging in the maligned incident of ball tampering with the Australian side. They were also lacklustre with their buys and are trying their best to reinvigorate things ahead of IPL 2019 to see them become the same world-beaters that saw them lift the inaugural trophy in the league.