In the wake of the latest IPL GC meeting, it is likely that MS Dhoni will return for Chennai Super Kings. © AFP

In the wake of the latest IPL GC meeting, it is likely that MS Dhoni will return for Chennai Super Kings. © AFP

MS Dhoni is likely to be back in Chennai Super Kings yellow for the 2018 Indian Premier League. This is because the IPL Governing Council and the Committee of Administrators allowed Chennai and Rajasthan Royals, who will return after their two-year suspension, to hold on to five players who turned out for them back in 2015.

The officials announced on Wednesday (December 6) that all franchises can hold on to a maximum of five players from their previous squads.

The teams can retain the player either ahead of the auction, or by using the ‘right to match’ (RtM) option during the auction. But, irrespective of how many players a franchise holds back, it cannot have more than three retentions or three RtM options.

A franchise can have a maximum of 25 players and a minimum of 18 players, with not more than eight overseas players.

The salary cap for each franchise has been increased to Rs 80 crore from Rs 66 crore and will increase over the next three years.

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