Dhoni, Tendulkar, Sehwag retained by IPL franchises

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Established stars such as Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag expectedly held on to their place in their founding IPL franchises, along with 10 others, in the official list of retained players for the fourth edition of the mega-event, announced on Thursday by the BCCI. Today was the last day for the origin franchises to send in their list of retained players, as per IPL rules.And as expected Chennai Super Kings retained captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay and South African all-rounder Albie Morkel, while Mumbai Indians went for batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga and West Indian powerhouse Kieron Pollard, the BCCI said in a statement.

The Delhi Daredevils, as expected did not let go swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag, while the exciting Virat Kohli was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, determined to keep their two Australian stars Shane Warne and Shane Watson.After retaining four players, both Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are now left with only USD 4.5 million to spend either in the Players Auction or in buying Ranji players outside the Auction.Rajasthan Royals will have USD 5.9 million available to spend (pending further orders from the Mumbai High Court), Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore will each have a balance of USD 7.2 million available.

However, the remaining franchises will have the full USD nine million available to be spent on buying players.Under the IPL Player Regulations, each of the founding franchises could retain up to four players (of which only three could be Indian) in advance of the Player Auction – against fixed deductions from the USD nine million salary cap.Meanwhile, the two new franchises -- Kochi and Pune --will each have the option to sign upto four overseas players who have not before featured in the IPL. After that there will be the player auction, which will feature the remaining top Indian and overseas players.


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