All teams that are gearing up for the Indian Premier League player auction here on February 12 and 13, have an added advantage thanks to the ‘Right To Match (RTM)’ clause.
The IPL rules state that every team based on the number of retentions it has made, will get a set of RTMs.
The option means that if a team fancies a player, who was part of its 2013 squad, and was not retained and has now been bagged by another team at the auction, the interested party can exercise its RTM and offer the same bid and get the concerned cricketer among its ranks.
For instance Mumbai Indians can get back Mitchell Johnson in its ranks by exercising its lone RTM and no other franchise can take him.
The number of RTMs per team is in a way inversely proportional to the number of players it retains ahead of the auction.
According to the IPL guidelines, teams that have retained five, four or three players respectively will get one RTM, teams that have retained either two players or just one will get two RTMs and teams that have not retained any player will get three RTMs.
The list (read as team, number of RTMs): Chennai Super Kings, 1; Mumbai Indians, 1; Rajasthan Royals, 1; Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1; Kolkata Knight Riders, 2; Sunrisers Hyderabad, 2; King’s XI Punjab, 2; Delhi Daredevils, 3.