Hyderabad, Oct 14: The newly-formed IPL governing council committee which met for the first time in Hyderabad has postponed its decision on whether there will be a new franchise auction to replace the terminated Kochi Tuskers Kerala to its next meeting.
The Governing Council also decided next seasons format and not to consider the issue of allowing Pakistan players in the 2012 tournament.
However Rajeev Shukla, the new chairman of IPL, said that no decisions were taken on the subject of Kochi as they were waiting for more details. "We will have another meeting shortly on the subject [of Kochi]," he said. "However, the players' interests will be protected."
In the previous meeting Shukla had said the issue of allowing Pakistan players would be discussed at today's meeting, but subsequently told the media that "it was not listed in the agenda today and hence there was no question of discussing the issue about Pakistani players' participation. We will have another meeting soon to discuss this and many other issues also."
The IPL management has been meeting with the remaining nine franchises to discuss their individual views on the structure of the event and are considering going back to the original home-and-away format for next season. In an official statement by the BCCI said that the governing council had asked the IPL management team "to come back with options for the format and structure for the 2012 season of the tournament."
The player regulations and the trading modalities will be discussed at the next meeting of the Council, it was informed. The Governing Council also approved various operational items for the forthcoming IPL season.
The dates of the DLF IPL 2012 were confirmed and the event will begin in Chennai on April 4 with an inaugural ceremony a day before the first match, and end on May 27.