In Tuesday's meeting between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and franchisee owners, there was a split over the issue.
IPL Governing Council chairman Rajiv Shukla yesterday met all franchise owners in the presence of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai and member Diana Edulji to consider their views and suggestions. On the other hand, defending champion Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) were in favor of retention. Two franchises - Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals, the latter being the second franchise to return having served a two-year suspension - informed the BCCI that they wanted to build their teams from the scratch and did not want any retentions or RTMs.
According to sources, the franchises of two teams - Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) - opposed player retention.
In 2014, the IPL had come up with a combination of retention and "right to match" cards, leading to each team being able to continue with a maximum of six players from the previous season.
Considering the amount of players who are often warming the benches, deemed surplus to requirements, by a certain team, this proposal certainly makes a lot of sense. Some said they wanted to retain three players, other said five, while some said more than five. Both teams included established match-winners who have been with the franchises for a long time.
It makes huge sense for Mumbai to be keen on retaining five players due to the sheer high-profile players in their squad.
"There were number of issues including number of players, salary cap of the players, the playing squad, and the total number of teams - all these issues were discussed other than the venue for auction and the dates of auction and the inaugural ceremony, all these things had been discussed at length", Shukla stated. The official also said the formula previously used to calculate the salary of a retained player would remain the same. It is understood that Royals have told the IPL they want to play in Jaipur. That was the main bone of contention, raised by one of the teams, during the important IPL governing council meeting held in Mumbai.