BCCI to discuss fresh auctions, new team bidding, de-merger
New Delhi: The top brass of the Indian cricket board today got into a huddle after the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha committee banned Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for two years from the cash-rich IPL besides imposing life suspensions on their tainted officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra.
The IPL Governing Council members will soon be meeting to discuss the implications and the road ahead after the verdict by the Lodha committee.
“We were having some informal discussions once the verdict was announced. An emergent meeting is on the cards where the members will be apprised of the situation and the road ahead will be only chalked out after our legal team goes through entire contents of the copy of the verdict,” a senior BCCI functionary and IPL Governing Council member told today.
However, the three primary points that have emerged from the discussions between the senior functionaries are that of whether new companies will be allowed to bid for two vacant slots, whether all players or only the CSK and RR players will be going into auctions and also the case of the de-merger of the CSK from its parent company India Cements Limited.
“Since during our last GC meeting, we have forwarded the matter of CSK’s de-merger and share valuation issue to the Working Committee, who will be taking legal opinion, we have to wait for it. Now current owners of CSK and Royals may be in a mood to sell their franchises to new owners but there are a few problems,” another GC member explained the current situation.
“The moment CSK or RR is sold off in its current state to a new owner, the existing legal liabilities will then be burden of the new owner. Plus both franchises have lost goodwill. In this existing scenario can they be sold off or new buyers will be interested?” he questioned.
“Since Lodha committee has stated that the BCCI needs to look at it, we must be very careful about it and also keep the legal implications in mind,” he said.