MS Dhoni back with the Chennai Super Kings as IPL teams announce retained players

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MS Dhoni was the first player to be retained by Chennai Super Kings.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the names of the various players who have been retained by the different Indian Premier League franchises as the deadline to submit came to a close.

There was no surprise as crowd favourite MS Dhoni was the first to be retained by the Chennai Super Kings in their return from a two-year suspension. The franchise also retained Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina along with the former India skipper.

There was a big announcement when it comes to coaching too with Delhi Daredevils confirming that former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting will be taking charge of the team in the upcoming edition. Virat Kohli being the top retention for the Royal Challengers Bangalore was also a no-brainer.

Here, we look at the complete list of the players retained by the eight franchises.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

1st retention – MS Dhoni

2nd retention – Suresh Raina

3rd retention – Ravindra Jadeja

Suresh Raina will line up for CSK once again.

Suresh Raina will line up for CSK once again.

DELHI DAREDEVILS

1st retention- Chris Morris

2nd retention – Rishabh Pant

3rd retention – Shreyas Iyer

Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris was Delhi's top pick in the retention.

Proteas all-rounder Chris Morris was Delhi’s top pick in the retention.

MUMBAI INDIANS

1st retention- Rohit Sharma

2nd retention – Hardik Pandya

3rd retention – Jasprit Bumrah

Sharma and Bumrah form a strong core for the Mumbai Indians.

Sharma and Bumrah form a strong core for the Mumbai Indians.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

1st retention- Sunil Narine

2nd retention – Andre Russell

Narine will be back at his favourite hunting ground.

Narine will be back at his favourite hunting ground.

KINGS XI PUNJAB

1st retention – Axar Patel

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

1st retention- Virat Kohli

2nd retention – AB De Villiers

3rd retention – Sarfraz Khan

Virat Kohli's retention was a no-brainer.

Virat Kohli’s retention was a no-brainer.

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

1st retention- David Warner

2nd retention – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

1st retention- Steve Smith

The in-form Australia skipper was Royals' sole retention.

The in-form Australia skipper was Royals’ sole retention.

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Champions of the 2017 edition: Mumbai Indians

The Indian Premier League, one of the world’s richest sports competitions, will let teams splurge up to $12 million each on player salaries in 2018, an increase of 20 percent.

After a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, the IPL governing council also said teams will have to spend a minimum of 75 percent of the salary cap each season.

The decision means the eight IPL teams are likely to spend anywhere between $72 million and $96 million on players alone for just eight weeks of cricketing action in 2018.

“Whatever changes we have come up with are all in the interest of the players,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla told AFP.

“We are also looking to increase the prize money for the players in future.”

While most of India’s big name players are already attached to franchises, several players bagged lucrative deals in the IPL auction in February.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes set a new record for a foreigner by joining the Rising Pune Supergiants for more than $2 million.

England pace bowler Tymal Mills went to the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.8 million, even though he had only played four Twenty20 internationals before that.

The attractions of last-ball winning sixes, extravagant switch-hitting and rapid-fire centuries have made IPL a favourite of the masses, especially the younger generation.

The IPL’s 60 games are valued at roughly $8.5 million each, not far off the estimated $9.6 million per English Premier League match – and well over the $6.2 million price tag attached to home internationals in India.

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The BCCI was fined over the broadcasting deal for the IPL.

India‘s competition watchdog on Thursday fined the country’s powerful cricket governing body $8 million over a multi-billion dollar broadcasting deal for the Indian Premier League.

The Competition Commission ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the world’s wealthiest national cricket body, abused its position by agreeing to broadcasters’ demands that it would not allow a rival to the IPL.

The commission ordered the BCCI to pay 520 million rupees ($8 million) within 60 days.

Sony Pictures Networks has held the rights since the IPL started in 2008.

But in a major coup, Rupert Murdoch’s Star India channel in September bought the rights for 2018-22 for $2.55 billion — a 150 percent increase on the previous deal — confirming the league as one of the world’s hottest sports properties.

The anti-trust commission made an initial ruling in 2013 that the BCCI’s deal with Sony was illegal because of a clause which prevented the BCCI from allowing any other 20-over league to compete with the IPL.

The cricket body won a court order forcing a review of the case.

But the commission’s new ruling came to the same conclusion and ordered the same fine.

IPL's broadcasting deal came under cloud due to a non-compete clause.

IPL’s broadcasting deal came under cloud due to a non-compete clause.

The BCCI had pleaded that bidders for the television deal had insisted on the no-competition clause.

“BCCI has not provided any justification as to how this self-imposed restriction of not organising, sanctioning, approving or supporting another T20 cricket event that will be competing with IPL, is connected to the interest of cricket,” the competition commission said however.

The commission said that “in the absence of any plausible explanation” it had found that the clause was intended to “enhance the commercial interest of the bidders of broadcasting rights” and the revenues received by BCCI.

In addition to the fine, the commission said the BCCI must not place any “blanket restriction” on the organisation of professional leagues to rival the IPL.

The BCCI made no immediate comment on the fine. But the ruling is a new blow to the body that has been managed by a panel appointed by the Supreme Court in 2016 to reform it.

The BCCI has in recent years been riven by infighting and allegations of shady dealings.

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