CSK’s Player retention strategy
As we all know CSK and Rajasthan Royals both will be back in the next season of IPL and BCCI has also framed the new retention policy and some new rules to go with it. According to new retention policy, a team can retain maximum of 3 players and maximum of 2 RTM’s( Right to match) or can retain a maximum of 2 players and 3 RTM, the RTM can be used during the auction and teams will submit the list of players to be retained on 4th January 2018 with auction to be held on 27 and 28 of January 2018. A Franchise can opt to retain 3 players for 15, 11, 7 crore respectively (33 Crore) from a purse of 80 Crore and a retention to two players will cost 12.5 and 8.5 crore respectively. Both CSK and Royals will be allowed to retain from the one’s that played for them in 2015 and went on to play for either Pune or Gujrat in last two editions.
Talking about the CSK, they will surely be retaining MS.Dhoni, it is no doubt that MS will be Captain the team in the upcoming edition of the IPL and he is the only player who’s participation is confirmed from the CSK. Suresh Raina will be the second pick for the team due to his consistency with franchise and great experience but his recent form might not entertain any person to retain him.
But the main Conundrum for the team will be to choose the third player which is to be retained and they have three options for them in the form of All-rounders i.e. Jadeja, Ashwin and Bravo. If we consider both form and experience Dwayne Bravo will be the best option and taking into account his recent performance in CPL and BBL, he is the best one to lead CSK’s bowling attack too. Bravo has scored a total of 1262 runs and has taken in 122 wickets in IPL so far and he will be featuring in 2018 season of PSL before the IPL begins. The players which will be bought back through RTM are likely to be Brendon Mccullum and Faf DuPlesis.
Players ( To be Retained):
Suresh Raina (Vice-Captain)