IPL 2022: Franchises retain big names; Kohli, Dhoni, Rohit to stay with RCB, CSK and MI 


Existing Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have decided to keep some of the biggest names intact in their squad ahead of the mega auction for the IPL 2022 to be held in April-May next year. 

ESPNcricinfo stated in a report, the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be seen playing again for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Mumbai Indians (MI), respectively. 

The report mentioned that Jasprit Bumrah, Andre Russell, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Williamson, Sunil Narine, Rishabh Pant, Anrich Nortje have also been retained by their respective franchises. 

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MS Dhoni looks set to continue playing for CSK in IPL 2022.

List of retained players ahead of IPL 2022 (as reported) 

Here is a list of retained players that ESPNcricinfo reported on Monday (November 29), with Punjab Kings (PBKS) being the only franchise not yet decided on their players ahead of the mega auction for what will be an expanded, 10-team IPL 2022. 

Chennai Super Kings: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell

Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson

*the order of appearance here is not as per the franchise’s retention list 

The deadline for IPL franchises to finalise their retentions ends on Tuesday (November 30) at 12 PM IST. Each of the retentions will be officially confirmed in a show over host broadcaster Star Sports Network from IST 5 PM. 

The franchises can retain a maximum of four players who were part of their squad for the IPL 2021, with a cap of two in the overseas category. If a side retain players, they’ll lose specific amounts from their total purse of INR 90 crores ahead of the mega auction. 

The rule for IPL 2022 in this regard is as follows:-

4 retentions: Player 1 – 16 crores, Player 2 – 12 crores, Player 3 – 8 crores, Player 4 – 6 crores 

3 retentions: Player 1 – 15 crores, Player 2 – 11 crores, Player 3 – 7 crores 

2 retentions: Player 1 – 14 crores, Player 2 – 10 crores 

1 retention: Player – 14 crores 

Apart from the cap on overseas cricketers, there is a limit of upto three players that a franchise can retain in the Indian category. The uncapped Indian players – for whom the retention will cost a side only INR 4 crores – can’t be more than two in number. 

The two new franchises based in Lucknow and Ahmedabad will also be carrying a purse of INR 90 crores to the auction, expected to be held soon. These two sides will have the opportunity to make some prominent signings before the auction from a pool of cricketers outside those that the existing franchises keep with them. 

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