BCCI not biased says President Shashank Manohar

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010, 11:32 [IST]
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Mumbai : Shashank Manohar the BCCI President said that the IPL brand will not be affected by any means following the elimination of Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals from the league.

The president of the board also disagreed on any charges of the board being bias in taking the decision of terminating the teams who were reported to have an close association with the former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

“The decisions were not taken due to any person," Manohar told the reporters without mentioning Modi"s name.

Manohar expressed the decisions were unanimous and were imposed after referring legal opinion.

“The governing council today sought legal opinion and come to a conclusion that contract of Rajasthan franchise and also the Punjab franchise needs to be canceled for the violation of the franchise agreement," Manohar added.

The President of the board also informed that a notice period of 10 days has been issued to the newly formed Kochi franchise, with in which they have to incorporate a company act to resolve all the disputes concerning them. Failing to do which their agreement will also be terminated.

Questioned about the liberty shown to the Kochi franchise, Manohar said,“Kochi hasn"t yet breached the agreement. There are some internal disputes. The decision to terminate the contract of Punjab and Rajasthan franchises were taken purely based on legal opinion we received and the breaches committed by this franchises."

The Board President on giving detailed information of the breaches in agreement made by the franchisee expressed, “As I have been telling all this while about the Rajasthan franchise. They had a different bidder during auctions. The agreement was entered in the name of a different company. The shareholding patterns were different and then the shares were transferred to different people without the permission of the governing council,"

When questioned about the agreement which the board entered into with the franchisees for a span of 10 years, Manohar replied,“We have got the money for three editions. We haven"t taken in any further money from any of the franchises."

The Board President also stated that no decisions regarding the auctions of the players have been taken yet, neither is it sure that more teams will be inducted into the league.

On getting information about Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra going in to court against the existing decision, he expressed , “That"s his choice."


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