Bangalore, Feb 4: A major blow for Pune Warriors and IPL Auction 2012, as the news from the centre confirm that there is a rift between the one of the franchises Sahara and BCCI suggesting the fact that Sahara owned Pune Warriors is unlikely to be a part of IPL 5.
This further suggests that, Pune Warriors' future is at stake as there is no news about the inclusion of Pune Warriors in the auction, which means they have to keep their fingers crossed as Sahara has given BCCI time to find a replacement sponsor. If the team is not aucitoned, then there is a huge possibility of the players not being a part of IPL 5.
It is learnt that Sahara and BCCI decided to part ways as they had issues related to Yuvraj's replacement. Yuvraj led Pune Warriors in IPL 2011.
Sahara had asked BCCI to find a suitable replacement for Yuvraj Singh, as he is suffering from a lung tumour, need time to recover, cannot be a part of IPL 5. But BCCI refused Sahara's plea, while they had allowed Mumbai Indians to include a foreign player following Sachin Tendulkar's injury during the fourth season, said a release.
"Now after a 11-year journey as sponsors, we can say with surety that cricket has become very rich. Many rich people are there to support cricket with a strong will to do so. So, with absolute peace of mind we can exit from cricket under BCCI and are now exiting with a heavy heart. It was an emotional decision for us to start this sponsorship but our emotions were never appreciated and many genuine situations, were not given due consideration at all," Sahara has said in a statement.
"We are withdrawing from all cricket under BCCI," it said.
This further boiled the issue as they were not given justice during last year's auction as they showed interest in roping Sourav Ganguly while it finally happened two weeks after the auction and there were too many issues surrounding the same. Ganguly was appointed as captain cum mentor of PUne Warriors last month after Yuvraj was ruled out of IPL 5.
Sahara also had issues with BCCI over extra bid money ahead of the auction which is about to start at 11 am today.
Now, Sahara has given BCCI time to find a replacement sponsor, suggesting the rift is serious and are not interested in being a part of IPL 5.
The question now is, will Pune Warriors find another sponsor, will they play IPL 5?