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How does the IPL 2018 auction setup look like ?

The 2-day auction affair will occur on 27th and 28th January, 2018. It’s going to be an interesting affair given that we have pretty much an open auction with added spice of retentions & RTM cards. 

How does the budget and other player constraints look like ?

Each team has a total budget of 80 crores to spend with the squad constraints looking like 25 maximum players (8 foreign players) and 18 minimum players. 
  • Teams are also required to spend at-least 60 crores of their 80 crore team budget. 
  • This includes the retentions as well which followed a pre-defined purse deduction of 12.5 Cr when retaining 1 player, 21 Cr (12.5 + 8.5) for 2 players and 33 Cr (15 + 11 + 7) for 3 players. 
  • Uncapped Indian players can be retained at fixed price of 3 Cr. 

What are the retention & RTM (Right to Match) rules like ? 

An IPL team can secure upto 5 players through a combination of retentions(before auction : 4th January) & RTM cards (during auction : 27th & 28th January). 
  • A team can use upto maximum of either 3 retentions or 3 RTMs. 
  • So, though RR & KXIP who have retained only 1 player, they can only use RTM on maximum of 3 other players. 
  • Also teams can only retain or use RTM for maximum of 3 capped Indian players, 2 foreign players and 2 uncapped players. None of the individual limits can be breached. 

How do the teams look like ? 


  • KXIP & RR are the front runners with the maximum budget and a chance to spin off a fresh team. 
  • KKR & SRH, the most analytical of all teams have smart retentions and reasonable budget to play around with. 
  • CSK, DD, MI & RCB have comparatively smaller budgets to spend and would be looking for some prudent buys.    

It would be interesting to see how the teams go about their strategies with roughly 3 sets of classes around.  ProSportsLeague’s research desk aka ThinkQuant will come out with detailed approaches for each of the Teams.

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Gourav Pilania is the Head of Content at ThinkQuant. He is also a guest writer for India Today and can be followed on twitter @pilania_gourav.

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