MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina to play for new IPL teams?

Top five CSK, RR players could be `drafted' in new teams.

Updated: Oct 20, 2015, 11:45 AM IST
MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina to play for new IPL teams?

New Delhi: BCCI could introduce a draft system to find new employers for the top five marquee players from Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

The introduction of this system could see big name players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane represent the two prospective IPL teams that will replace the suspended CSK and RR until 2018.

According a report in the Times of India, the BCCI is likely to take this step in order to make sure there is no injustice meted out to the news teams in terms of choosing players like Dhoni.

The remaining players from both franchises will enter in an auction pool. 

Some members of the Indian board are of the opinion that new teams should be guaranteed a minimum profit guarantee Rs 10 crore. This according to them will help attract more bidders for the two new teams.

Interestingly, the Shashank Manohar is not in favor of a 10-team IPL from the 2018 season. 

“In all likelihood, it could remain an eight-team affair,“ a source told TOI.

More importantly, what happends to high-profile players from RR and CSK if 2018 IPL is to be an eight-team affair, is an issue that needs to be addressed.

IPL GC members feel that IPL teams should be allowed to keep hold of least two Indians and two foreigners before the auction for the 2018 season.