IPL teams to be allowed to retain three players before season 11 auction

ALL EIGHT IPL franchises are likely to be allowed to retain up to three players each before the player auction in the 2018 pre-season. 

As reported by EspnCricinfo, such a proposal was discussed in the recent IPL governing Council meeting in Delhi, on October 24. It is learnt that the council will meet again next week to deliberate on the issue before making a final decision on November 14, at a workshop with all eight franchises.

Although a final decision remains to be made, a BCCI official suggested that the three players could be a combination of two Indians and one overseas player, or two overseas players and one Indian. 

Sources have reported that the franchises are concerned by the purse that will be made available to them.  Some of the richer franchises are keen to have a maximum purse of INR 80 crore as opposed to some franchises which are happy with INR 75 crore. The IPL governing council is likely to take a final call at its next meeting.

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