Mumbai, Nov 18th: Today, the governing council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has decided that only eight teams will take part in the fourth edition of the Twenty20 tournament . It means that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has cleared the way for the inclusion of one more team in the next's years tournament, despite two terminated franchises trying to settle their disputes with the board through arbitration. In October, the BCCI had expelled Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for alleged violations of the franchisee contract.
"The council's decision to have eight teams in the next year's tournament is a clear signal to the Kochi franchise to set its house in order before its deadline, so that they would be able to participate in next year's tournament," said a senior BCCI official on condition of anonymity.
BCCI had sent a notice to the Kochi IPL consortium to sort out internal differences over the ownership structure and register as a company by November 27, failing which the franchise will be terminated and a tender will be open for a new team.
The decision to have eight teams in next year's tournament would be another blow to Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Puinjab, as it signals their departure from IPL-4 despite taking a legal action. BCCI and RR have reportedly taken their dispute over termination of IPL franchisee contract to Justice B N Srikrishna for arbitration, while KXIP, jas also expressed its willingness to avail of his services.
In October, RR had moved the Bombay High Court when BCCI terminated its franchisee contract, accusing the former of changing its shareholding pattern without notifying the BCCI. The board also ended the contract with KXIP on for similar reasons.