When the world was introduced to the T20 format, it witnessed a new revolution in the history of cricket. This quick format of the game is a grand success. Associated with a lot of grit and passion, the Indian Premier League, or the IPL as it is popularly known as, is perhaps the most popular league for T20 world tournaments. The IPL is a great platform for young players to show their skills to the world at large!
The 2018 edition of the IPL is to begin in April 2018 with much anticipation from the fans of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals as these teams are now back after a two-year ban. With these two teams being winners of prior seasons, the excitement levels of their fans are beyond compare. While most of the rules of the game remain the same, there are a few changes, particularly for the player retention.
What is the IPL Player Retention Rule?
The IPL 2018 season will have 8 team competing to win the very esteemed title. Six teams – Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Delhi Daredevils (DD), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Mumbai Indians (MI), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) are returning to the tournament after two years. Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions are out of the tournament this year. All these 8 teams had the option to retain 5 players from their previous team.
The Rule of Retention can be exercised by the teams as either Direct retention or Right to Match. Under Direct Retention, a team can retain a maximum of 3 players whereas the other two players can be retained using the Right to Match option on the auction day. With this retention rule in place, big names like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and the likes missed the auction as their teams had exercised their retention.
Change in Squad Size
There is also a change in the squad size with each franchisee having a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 25 players. This means they have a bigger pool to select players from when deciding the team on the match day.
These are some changes made for the 11th season of the IPL.