The great IPL cull
The annual salary cap for each franchise is $12.5 million and a pruning of the squad will mean more cash to spend on the next auction while still retaining a core group of players will ensure a certain degree of continuity. Accordingly, there were two broad strategies that individual franchises adopted in deciding which of the players they would retain in their squads for the forthcoming season. Teams that have enjoyed relatively consistent success, in terms of qualifying for the knockout stages or winning the tournament outright, over the five seasons have clearly been doing something right and have decided not to muck about too much.
All teams that had made the knockout stages last year—Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians—have more or less worked along same lines, holding on to their big guns while allowing the contracts of the fringe players to run out. These teams have, over editions, come to settle on their
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