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A maximum of four-player retentions are reported to be given to the franchises for the mega-auction for IPL 2022. While the IPL 2021 is yet to be completed – the tournament which was suspended mid-way in May will resume in September in the UAE – the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is swiftly making plans for the next season as well.

It was earlier confirmed by the board that at least one, and possibly two teams, will be added for IPL 2022, and hence a mega-auction will be held ahead of the season.

Now, as per a report in the Times of India, the eight original teams would be allowed to retain a maximum of four players each. The teams can either retain three Indian players and one overseas player or two Indian players and two overseas players.

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Teams will have to brainstorm about which players to retain. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The purse would be reduced according to number of players retained by IPL teams ahead of mega-auction:

For the same, and accordingly to the number of players retained money would be deducted from the franchise’s purse before going into the mega-auction. With two new teams, the BCCI is also reported to increase the purse to 90 crores for each team.

Similar to the 2018 mega-auction, each player will be allotted a specific salary on the priority on which he is retained, the information of that is yet to be released by the board.

“Some players may like the idea of not wanting to be retained and will want to head into the auction pool. That’s because there’s an increase in the salary purse and two new teams are being added. So, there’ll be a rush to grab talent. Expect some leading Indian cricketers to forward their names for the auction,”  sources in the know of developments told TOI.

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Ahmedabad likely to be named as one of the new teams. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The mega auction is expected to be held in December this year, after the conclusion of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The two new franchises are expected to be announced by October. Among those who have shown interest in buying new IPL teams are Kolkata-based RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, the Adani group based in Ahmedabad, Hyderabad-based Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, and the Torrent Group from Gujarat.

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