The riddle over number of retentions and whether to allow Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals remained unsolved after a long meeting of all the IPL stakeholders.
The meeting saw top management representatives or owners of all the eight original teams spell out their suggestions with regard to the next year's auction to the IPL governing council members in the presence of the BCCI office-bearers, executives and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators. "The meeting went off very well. Actually the whole idea was to invite the actual owners of the teams and solicit their views of the IPL after 10 years to be conducted," IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said after the meeting that lasted nearly two hours.
"There were a number of issues including number of players, salary cap of the players, the playing squad (size), and the total number of the teams. All these issues were discussed other than the venue for auction and the dates of auction and the inaugural ceremony. "I think in a fortnight the governing council will finalise the details."
Whether the IPL should have eight or ten teams was also discussed. "A majority of the franchises were of the view that we should stick to eight teams," Shukla said.
With the CSK and RR returning to the IPL fold after serving two-year suspension, the representatives of both the teams made a request that they be given the first right over players who were signed with them for the IPL-2015. While some of the team owners backed their claim, Sportstar understands that a group of owners led by a celebrity team owner opposed the idea. He stressed that all the teams should be treated equally. Shukla, however, remained non-committal. "Right now, I can't say anything because once we take the decision about retention and right to match after that I can tell you," he said.
"A majority of the franchises were of the view that retention or right to match should be given, so we will keep that aspect in mind." When asked about the number of players that are likely to be retained by each team, Shukla said: "We have taken their opinion. Somebody said three players, somebody said five players, somebody said more than five players, somebody said one player. So majority we will take into account."
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