Updated: 23 October
IPL 2022 mega auction is one of the most anticipated events in the cricket world. As soon as the 14th edition gets over, the focus will shift to IPL 2022. As we are aware, in the mega auction, there is a concept known as player retention. This is a vital attribute for the teams to retain their best players.
According to sources, BCCI may allow a maximum of only 4 players ( final decision yet to be taken) to be retained from each team ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction. This can be in a ratio of a maximum of 3 Indians and a maximum of 2 foreign players, but the total number should not exceed 4 players. If a franchise retained the maximum number of players ( 4) then they will not be able to use RTM.
Till last year, each team could retain five players. This time BCCI has reduced this number so that two new teams get equal opportunity to buy good players in the mega auction.
This can bring setbacks to a few franchise owners. There are a few teams that have power-packed players on their side. Choosing the best 3 to be retained can be a challenging task. Hence, they will be worried a lot. Let us look at three teams who will be most affected due to the decrease in the number of retention players allowed for IPL 2022.
IPL 2022: Problems For Teams Due To Changes In The Number Of Retained Players Ahead Of Mega Auction
The first franchise on this list is Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma-led MI has the best players on board. If we look at the team combination, around half a dozen super-stars are like a heartbeat for them. The team revolves around these players for performance.
Rohit Sharma is the captain of Mumbai Indians. He will be the first player to be retained. The team management headache will start after this. They will have to choose the best among these players. Whatever decision the team management takes, a few players will be disappointed to be released from MI.
Delhi Capitals, another power-packed team, will be most worried about the retention rules. Delhi comprises match-winners such as Rishabh Pant, Shihar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Sreyesh Iyer, Avesh Khan, Rabada, etc. These are not just names but super-stars who make a formidable DC squad. Among these players, the first player that will be retained will surely be Rishabh Pant.
The team management’s worries will start from here. They will have to look at retaining a few key players from the list mentioned above. It will need a mammoth brainstorming from the DC team management ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings are having an excellent outing this VIVO IPL 2021 season. They have been dominating the entire league. MS Dhoni-led CSK has become the first team to qualify for the playoff. And they reached record 9th time in IPL finals. Chennai has a plethora of match-winners who have risen to the occasion this IPL season.
With IPL 2022 mega auction round the corner, CSK will also have to deal with the problem of plenty. These players are proven match-winners. CSK think-thank needs to brainstorm on key factors ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction. Anyone who misses the IPL 2022 retention squad from CSK will find himself unlucky.