IPL 2022 Mega Auction: What is the retention card in Indian Premier League

Indian Premier League 2022 is one of the most anticipated tournaments in cricket history.

Monday, October 18, 2021

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A mega auction is set to happen before IPL 2022 (Image Courtesy:

Indian Premier League 2022 is one of the most anticipated tournaments in cricket history. The 2021 edition of the IPL culminated recently with the Chennai Super Kings winning their fourth trophy.

Unfortunately, the Super Kings will not be able to retain their entire squad for IPL 2022 because of the mega auction rules. The BCCI will soon declare the retention policy for IPL 2022, but it is likely that teams will only be able to retain a maximum of four players.

During previous auctions, the Indian Premier League  Governing Council allowed franchises to buy their released players back at auction by matching the final bid. Known as the RTM card, the retention card is very useful for all IPL franchises.

For example, Delhi Capitals signed Kieron Pollard for ₹5.40 crore at IPL Auction 2018. However, before confirming the sale, the auctioneer asked Pollard's former team Mumbai Indians if they were interested in retaining him via RTM. The Mukesh Ambani-owned franchise used their RTM card and retained Pollard for ₹5.40 crore.

Players like Krunal Pandya (Mumbai Indians), Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings) and Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings) were also retained by the RTM card.

BCCI allow the teams to use retention card at IPL 2022 Auction?

As mentioned ahead, the BCCI has not declared the retention policy for the 2022 IPL Auction. Hence, it is not known if the retention card will be a part of the mega auction.

If the board gives the green signal for the RTM card, then teams will likely get an opportunity to pick one or two players from their previous squad by using that card.

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