IPL: How many players will be retained in the next IPL? Big update on auction


A mega auction will be held before IPL 2025, but before that, there is a debate on the rules for retaining players. Some franchises want to increase their number. At the same time, many franchises have said that they are not in favor of increasing the number of retentions. Amidst this debate, a big update has come out on its rules.

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The 17th edition of IPL has ended. Kolkata Knight Riders have become the champion of this season by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad under the captaincy of Shreyas Iyer. With this, all the franchises have started brainstorming on the performance of their team because there is a mega auction before the next season starts. In such a situation, they will have to decide which players to retain and whom to let go. Currently, according to the rules of IPL, any franchise can retain four of its players and the debate on increasing the number of retentions has been going on for many days. Meanwhile, a big update has come out regarding retention.

Will retention numbers increase?

There has been a lot of debate in IPL for some time now about the number of players to be retained. Some franchises want to increase it while some want to follow the current rules. According to a News18 report, a senior official of an IPL franchise has said that if a rule of retaining 6 to 8 players is introduced then the auction will be meaningless. Apart from this, the auction makes this league interesting, and reducing its importance will not be good for the IPL. Therefore, the current rules are most likely to continue.

Concerns about fan base

There are very few players in the IPL including Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Virat Kohli who have been associated with a team for a long time. Due to this, the fan base of the team has become very strong. Now many franchises have expressed concern about their fan base and have said that the fan base is greatly affected by the players coming and going. Therefore, they want the number of retentions to be increased to 6 or 8.

The official justified this problem of the IPL franchise but he also said that the league is still in its initial stage. That is why this problem is coming and it will take time to build a strong fan base. Right now it cannot be compared to England's Premier League. He further said that if the franchise owners are so concerned about the fan base then they should bring a draft and implement the transfer system.

What has BCCI said on retention?

During IPL 2024, BCCI officials were going to hold a meeting with the IPL franchise owners on this issue. Later this meeting was canceled. Since then the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not given a new date for the meeting. Now it is expected that this meeting will be held after the T20 World Cup. Only after this, it will be decided how many players a franchise will be able to retain in the first mega auction of IPL 2025. During this, the rule of impact player is also to be discussed.