We had many issues, enough of it: Subroto Roy

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Published: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 18:17 [IST]
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IPL auction: We had enough of it: Roy

Mumbai, Feb 4: Sahara group chief Subroto Roy on Saturday, stood strong on its decision to end sponsorship ties with BCCI and withdraw from the IPL, he said it is not possible to continue because the relationship between the two has become too tense.

"The decision we took to end ties was not a bad one at all. We had enough of it. Any relationship does not break on one single issue only. We had a long relationship. It has to do with many issues and has happened continuously," Sahara Group chief Subroto Roy told a press conference.

"There were so many genuine things we had but they (BCCI) did not give heed to such a small thing like opening the bid. They did not open the bid (when Sahara had submitted its bid for the first time). Rules were broken for other teams but we were not given natural justice," he said.

BCCI were not interested when Sahara approached them to settle some issues through arbitration and had even proposed an arbitrator.

"We even approached the BCCI for arbitration and even proposed the name of the arbitrator," said Roy.

Pune Warriors paid 25 percent more money for owning the franchisee considering the number of matches reduced from the original 94 matches.

"It was 94 matches calculation, the gate money to collection of advertisement money would have been 25 per cent more. We have paid 25 per cent more. Differential amount is 25 per cent of the total amount," he said.

Roy said he would not want to blame anybody but he was snapping ties with the BCCI and pulling out Pune Warriors from the IPL as it involved emotional issues.

"Again without blaming anybody, I thought it would give us lot of happiness. It involved emotional issues. Let us put all this money in sports development in villages."


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