Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will once again be a part of the lucrative Indian Premier League in it’s 11th season next year. The two teams make their grand return after serving their long time ban in 2014. Much to the delight of the Chennai Super Kings fans, Mahendra Singh Dhoni will captain the yellow army once again. The news was confirmed by the Chennai Super Kings team director.
The legendary Indian captain will be a part of the players CSK will retain as per as per the player retention rules decided upon in the IPL Governing Council meeting. Speaking about the same to Sportskeeda, George John, the director of the Chennai franchise said “We are very happy about it. But we haven’t applied our mind to it right now but we are extremely happy about it.”
“(On MS Dhoni coming back to CSK as captain) Obvious, yes. It is a very obvious choice but we have not applied our mind beyond that.”
The IPL GC meeting took place earlier today when the retention policies ahead of the 2018 auction were decided. It has been decided that a franchise can retain a maximum of five players using one of the two combinations – three pre-auction retentions and two RTMs or two pre-auction retentions and three RTMs.
Either way, a franchise can retain or use RTM for a maximum of three players in the auction. Moreover, if a franchise doesn’t retain even a single player before the auction, they will still not be able to use more than three RTMs.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni went on to play for the Rising Pune Supergiants after chennai Super Kings faced the shameful ban. His tenure as captain did not go well for the Pune franchise and Australia’s Steve Smith was handed over the responsibility. steve Smith did a brilliant job with the help of MS Dhoni and took the team to the finals in the iconic 10th season in 2017 where they lost to Mumbai Indians.