How do franchisees retain top stars in IPL 2018!

India Premier League set to start all afresh from Season XI. All new commercial deals. Teams bound to release their all players. All acquisitions through auctions. The scenario has left the teams who don’t want to lose their star players worried. In all likelihood, the IPL Governing Council is set to send all the players back to the auction pool.

A ‘right-to-match’ option could be the only hope left for IPL teams to retain their big stars. Times of India has reported quoting sources that the Board of Control for Cricket in India members are firm on sending all the cricketers back to the auction.

However, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad are in favour of having the option of matching cards, which permits team owners to retain players by matching their auction price.

According to TOI report, Team like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians which are lead by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma respectively are keen to retain their star players . Meanwhile , Kings Xi Punjab co-owner Priety Zinta had said that she been told by  BCCI a week back that all players would be back in the auction pool without retention.

However, the two teams who will be joining the league after serving their two-year suspension -Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – have a different take. CSK promoters are keen to get their old players like MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina, but the other teams are against the idea of the Chennai-based franchisee getting any undue advantage. IPL sources confirmed that CSK promoters are even open to the draft system which was given to two new teams Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions.

Lastly, It is all been reported  that some of the top Indian cricketers are also backing the idea of retention. Whether the IPL GC will take this into account or not remains to be seen.So all these scenario puts the teams in tricky spot ahead of the auctions next year.