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The governing council of the tournament resolved yesterday that IPL franchises will be able to retain a maximum of five players through a combination of pre-auction retention and Right To Match cards.

The five players secured can include any combination of retention and right-to-match cards with not more than three through either category.

That means a franchise not opting to directly retain any player will still be allowed only a maximum of three RTMs at the player auction.

The breakup of the five players retained will have to adhere to the criterion of a maximum number of 3 Capped Indian players, 2 Overseas players and 2 Uncapped Indian players.