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12 Dec 2017

IPL 2018 rules: All you need to know

IPL 2018: Rule guide

The Indian Premier League is undoubtedly the biggest T20 league across the globe. It's not only popular among the fans, but is also the perfect stage for young cricketers to showcase their talent.

The 11th edition is all set for a major revamp with defunct franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals making a comeback.

Here are the latest changes in the IPL rules.

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IPL 2018: Rule guide
CSK and RR make a return post ban


CSK and RR make a return post ban

Both franchises were slapped with a ban in 2015 after being involved in match fixing.

The players were up for grabs in a special draft organised in December 2015, only new entrants Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant could make a bid.

Since Pune and Gujarat won't be a part of the new season, CSK and RR have been allowed to retain their players

Retention Rule

Retention rule and right to match card

Every franchise has been allowed to retain 5 players either by retention rule or by using a right to match card on auction day.

A maximum of 3 players can be retained using retention, leaving the franchise with two match cards on auction day.

If two or lesser player are retained ahead of the auctions, they will have three right to match cards left.

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What is right to match card?

The right to match cards comes into play during the IPL auction where the earlier employer of the player holds an advantage. The franchise can match the bid amount to retain their former player.

How does the retention rule work?

Costly affair

How does the retention rule work?

To retain 3 players, franchise has to fork out Rs.15 crore, Rs. 11 crore and Rs 7 crore. The amount will be deducted from franchise's auction purse.

If they decide to retain 2 players, then it would cost them Rs.12.5 crores for the first player and Rs. 8.5 crores for the second.

If a team retains 1 player, he'd cost them Rs. 12.5 crores.

20% salary hike

Change in squad size and increased purse

Each franchise can now have a maximum of 25 players but will need to have a minimum of 18 players on the roster.

The purse money has been increased by 20% to Rs. 78 crore and the teams will have to spend a minimum of 75 percent of the salary cap each season.

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Replacement for Mitchell Santner?

Asked on 01-04-2018 by Anjaan Mufarrath

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England all-rounder David Willey became the latest entrant to Indian Premier League 2018 as a replacement player for the injured cricketers as Chennai Super Kings roped in the Yorkshire player in place of Kedar Jadhav and Mitchell Santner.

Time of match?

Asked on 17-02-2018 by Rahul Nayak

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The 1st T20I match is scheduled to start at 6:00 PM IST on Sunday (February 18).

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