The IPL franchises can retain five cricketers in the auctions next year. The franchises will also be allowed to buy back a specific number of players through the ‘right to match’ provision. These announcements were made on Tuesday by the IPL Governing Council.

The 2014 Player Auction has been scheduled for February 12. According to a statement by the BCCI, “a franchise may sign up to a maximum of five players (either capped or uncapped, no more than four of whom may be capped Indians) who were in its squad in 2013, including those who were unavailable during the season and those who were taken as temporary replacements.”

Fee structure

The franchises will be charged Rs.12.5 crore, Rs.9.5 crore, Rs.7.5 crore, Rs.5.5 crore and Rs.4 crore respectively for the first, second, third, fourth and fifth capped players retained. This will be “irrespective of the IPL league fee that is agreed between the two parties and which is set out in the player contract.”

The cricketers retained in advance apart, the other players will have to enter the auction process if they want to play in the tournament.

Each franchise, said the release, will have a number of ‘rights to match’ which it may exercise during the course of the auction for those players who were part of the squad last year.

If the number of players retained by a franchise prior to the auction is five, four or three then the number of ‘rights to match’ in the auction will be one.

If the number of players retained is two, one and zero then the number of ‘rights to match’ for the franchise will be two, two and three respectively, as explained in the BCCI release.

The Squad Composition stipulates, “each squad must include no less than 16 and no more than 27 players, of which up to 9 may be overseas players, and no more than 4 overseas players in the XI for any match.”

“The under-19 players must have played either First Class or List A before signing for IPL.”

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