The Indian Premier League Governing Council is expected to give the retention policy a green signal on November 21 after their meeting. The two comeback teams Rajasthan Royal and Chennai Super Kings are likely to be given preference to retain their players who played for Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions in the last two seasons.
As per the reports of the retention policy, the franchises will be allowed to retain three players which will include two Indian players and one foreign player. As per the reports in Tamil daily Dinathanthi, it is reported that Chennai Super Kings are interested in retaining their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and Faf du Plessis.
CSK will want Dhoni at any cost.
This would mean that there would be no place for Suresh Raina in the yellow colours and he may come under the auction hammer. It was earlier reported the CSK management will try their best to retain their skipper MS Dhoni. Dhoni had been instrumental in CSK’s success in the IPL and the franchise will try to retain him at any cost.
What retention policy will bring to the table is still not clear and all the doubts are expected to be cleared after the IPL Governing Council meeting. Suresh Raina had also played a major role in CSK success in the first eight editions of the IPL but it is reported that local boy Ravi Ashwin can be preferred over him.
These three names to be retained are just reports and things will become more understandable after some time. But one thing is for sure that CSK will give their all to retain their favourite son Dhoni. Once the guidelines from the IPL GC regarding the retention policy are out to the eight franchises, they will be in a better position to decide which players they should retain and which they should overlook.