IPL Auctions 2022: Here are the player retention rules for eight existing teams and two new franchises


Following the exciting 2021 season, fans are eagerly awaiting the mega auction ahead of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Recently, two new teams were added to the cash-rich league after Company Pte Limited (CVC Capital) and RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group shelled out INR 12,715 crore combined to acquire Ahmedabad and Lucknow, franchise respectively.

Before the team could build up their muscle at the mega auction, possibly next year, the rules for player retention were released.

In accordance with these regulations reported by ESPNCricinfo, the eight existing franchises can retain a maximum of four players in two different combinations. One is, of course, two Indians and as many foreign players, while the other combination consists of three Indians and one foreign player.

Notably, the three Indians retained by the deductibles can all be capped, all uncapped, or a mixture of the two. Also, unlike the previous big auction before the 2018 season, there will be no Correspondence Right Cards (RTMs) at the 2022 auction.

As for the two new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – they will be able to acquire three players from the rest of the player pool ahead of the 2022 auction. However, IPL’s board has yet to specify a combination of two Indian players and a foreigner or whatever for the new franchises.

In addition, it remains unclear whether these players will be chosen only from the pool of players not retained by existing franchises or may be taken from the larger auction pool – which will have new additions – before the 2022 auction.

Although in the past a similar situation occurred when two new teams – Rise of the supergiants of Pune and Lions of Gujarat – replaced Chennai Super Kings and Royals of Rajasthan for two seasons. At the time, a player selection system was put in place, where the Supergiants got the first preference on the grounds that they had made the biggest bid in the auction for the two new franchises.

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