New Delhi: Former Indian cricket team captain M.S. Dhoni returns to Chennai Super Kings, which makes a comeback to the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the 2018 edition after serving a two-year suspension.

All eight IPL franchisees announced names of players to be retained on Thursday evening in Mumbai.

While Chennai Super Kings retained Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, Rajasthan Royals retained Australian team captain Steve Smith. Both teams were banned from the Twenty20 league for alleged spot-fixing and betting.

The window for the franchisees to retain players for the 11th season of IPL closed on Thursday.

The franchisees were eligible to secure up to five players through a combination of player retention and ‘right to match’ (RTM).

RTM refers to a franchisee’s right to match the highest bidder for a player.

For the upcoming season, Royal Challengers Bangalore retained Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli, South African batsman AB de Villiers and batsman Sarfaraz Khan.

Last season’s winners, Mumbai Indians retained batsman Rohit Sharma, all-rounder Hardik Pandya and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

Runners-up last season, Kolkata Knight Riders, retained West Indies bowler Sunil Narine and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell. Sunrisers Hyderabad retained Australian batsman David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Delhi Daredevils retained three players—South African batsman Chris Morris, upcoming batting talent Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer.

KingsXI Punjab retained only one player, all-rounder Axar Patel. Both Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan are up for grabs at the two-day IPL player auction on 27-28 January in Bengaluru.

IPL franchisees can now spend up to Rs80 crore on player acquisition.

In a meeting of the IPL governing council in December, the salary cap for players available to teams was increased from Rs66 crore in 2017 to Rs80 crore. The purse will increase to Rs82 crore in 2019 and to Rs85 crore for the 2020 edition. All teams will have to spend at least 75% of the salary cap for each season.

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