The two features that are seeking the most attention in the IPL 7 season are the advance retention of players before the actual auction takes place, and the new Rights to Match provision during the auction. The auction for the 2014 Indian Premier League is supposed to be held on the 12th of February 2014 and if necessary, will be continuing till the 13th of February 2014.
As per the advance retention of players that will take place before the final auctions in February, franchises can retain up to 5 players from those who were a part of their squad in the 2013 season of the Indian Premier League. The newly introduced feature, the Rights to Match will allow franchises to bid on players of their previous year’s squad even after they have been taken up by some other franchisee.
A number of decisions have been taken up by the Indian Premier League Governing Council after an array of discussions. The decisions that they have come up with, involve, rules for the contract of the players, composition of the squads, and retention of players prior to the actual auction to be held in February in the coming year. Although the date of the actual auction has already been announced, the venue has not been declared yet, but will be done soon according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
With regards to the advance retention of players prior to the actual auction, the BCCI said, “A franchise may sign up to a maximum of 5 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.” Apart from those who have been retained in advance, all other players have to enter the auction process to be eligible to play in the IPL 2014 season.