With the retention and RTM cards applied, it will technically mean that the two interim franchises, Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions, did not essentially exist itself, which implies that Dhoni is automatically a CSK player.
This decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council's meeting with the all-powerful Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Delhi today.
The teams will be allowed to buy back five players with options of two retentions and three Right to Match or three retentions and two Right to Match.
According to the guidelines, an IPL franchise can secure up to five players by virtue of a combination of Player Retention (Pre-Player Auction) and Right to Match (RTM) during the player auction.
However, a maximum of three players can be retained or can be matched.
The other restrictions on player retention are: a maximum of three capped Indian players can be retained, and only two overseas players and two uncapped Indian players can be retained.
The total purse of each team will range from Rs 66 to 80 crores.
There has been a lot of brouhaha over which players would these sides retain since they had not been a part of the IPL roster a year ago. The player auctions for the next IPL is scheduled to take place in February 2018. If they do not retain any player, they will have 3 RTMs at the auction.
Dhoni moved to Rising Pune Supergiant after CSK was banned for two years as the team's former principal Gurunath Meiyappan was found to be involved in betting activities related to the T20 league during the 2013 season. "The minimum spend will be 75 per cent of the salary cap for each season", the BCCI stated.
Dhoni has been with the CSK ever since the beginning of the cash-rich tournament.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be an even bigger juggernaut next year as the eight franchises will end up spending anywhere between Rs 480-640 crore on players alone. For the capped players, who were earlier bracketed in the Rs 30 lakh and Rs 50 lakh category, the new base price will be Rs 50 lakh and Rs 75 lakh respectively. The earlier base price of Rs 10 lakh for uncapped players has been heightened to Rs 20 lakh, Rs 20 lakh has been changed to Rs 30 lakh and Rs 30 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.