As per the reports, a unanimous view over the retention policy hasn't prevailed in the IPL GC meeting between the team owners and the Committee of Administrators. While teams like Mumbai Indians have favoured the idea of retaining top five players, sides like Rajasthan Royals have raised questions.
The next season of the IPL should be more exciting with the mega-auction planned ahead of the tournament, where fans might get the chance to see some of the star players signing up for their teams. However, with hardly few months left for the league to commence, the management has failed to reach
In the latest meeting, which happened in Mumbai between team owners, IPL Governing Council members and CoA, there have been mixed responses. While Rajasthan Royals have reportedly protested against it, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils have favoured match cards instead of player retention. Match card will give an authority to the team to buy the players back either at a higher or a lower price during the auction.
On the other hand. Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings have all supported the five retentions apart from asking for two match cards. Punjab-based franchise Kings XI Punjab
According to reports, it’s also learned that the CoA heard all the team owners and in the upcoming days, will take a final call on the retention policy in consultation with the IPL GC members.
"The CoA and the IPL GC members will decide on the retention policy after weighing the pros and cons. But it is certain that retention will continue because the current board management doesn't want a handful of individuals to walk away with all the advantage," a top BCCI official told TOI.
Sources also informed that, in the meeting, KKR representatives have raised an issue on how can the Chennai team be allowed to retain players who return to the league after serving a two-year suspension. CSK wanted to retain their original top players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, and Dwayne Bravo, who were included in their squad before the ban.
However, the Lodha Committee sources cleared that it didn't mention any particular idea on how the suspended teams would start their season - whether they would be allowed to retain their old players or will have to shop at the auction.