It remains to be seen if the players are allowed to be retained, and if so, what will happen to the former players of CSK and RR who were with different teams for the last two years. The penalty ended on 13 July and the management of the team is back in action. The two former champions were replaced by Rising Pune Supergiant and the Gujarat Lions in the eight-team championship for those two years. We have followed all the BCCI guidelines and are gearing up for an exciting season. Dhoni captained RPS in the first season but it was a very unsuccessful campaign.
Rajeev Shukla, Chairman - IPL, said: "It is my privilege to welcome back our franchisees, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, into the 11th edition of the IPL".More news: United Kingdom awards $8.7 billion worth of contracts for 250mph rail line
A Supreme Court appointed panel had barred Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the Twenty20 competition in 2015, saying such a punishment was needed to protect the integrity of the game. Dhoni's celebration of the return of his "prodigal team" in his "Mahi way" got CKS fans to do the "whistle podu". We don't want to go back. M S Dhoni has been playing for CSK since its inception in 2008 and has steered the team to Championships twice and has also led them in more finals appearance than any other team making it the Most Valuable Team by then. At times it seemed like Smith was not the captain as Dhoni took charge and talked to the bowlers and was seen setting the field. It is a big moment for us. "#CSKReturns #whistlepodu", the franchise said on its Twitter handle (@ChennaiIPL).
Sources privy to the managing company's development have revealed that the company has already chalked out its plans for the 2018 IPL.
Dhoni celebrated the good news by taking to social media and posting a photograph of him in a yellow jersey.