New Delhi, Feb 7: The recent twist in the BCCI-Sahara split issue, suggests that though there is no possibility of having the Sahara logo on the team's jersey in future, there are a few hopes regarding the IPL team, as Pune Warriors might survive.
A decision will be taken in such a way that it benefits both the parties. BCCI President N Srinivasan told NDTV he is open to talks with Sahara.
Sources reveal that, BCCI has numerous options when it comes to finding a new team sponsor for the Indian team. They have many options - Airtel, Hero Honda or Reliance to sponsor the team while it's after all Rs. 3.5 crore per match which is considered to be very small since their logo appears on the Indian team's jersey in a cricket frenzy country like India.
While it is difficult to find a replacement for the Pune Franchise. BCCI which has already incurred loss recently, cannot afford to let the 1700 crore got to the Sahara paid for the franchise. Since the money factor plays a vital role, BCCI's decision to extend its arm to it's eleven year associate Sahara is no surprise.
Srinivasan did admit that he was surprised to hear Sahara's decision which was unexpected. An hour before the IPL auction for the fifth season, Sahara sent out an emotional statement briefing their stand and the reasons for withdrawing as Team India sponsors and pulling out their Pune Warriors from the IPL.
"We are open to dialogue with Sahara and we'll see what comes out it," said BCCI president N Srinivasan.
"We are open to discussions, open for dialogue because they have been our partner for 11 years. We don't want anything to be decided in haste," BCCI vice president and IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla opined.
Sahara team also defended its decision to call it quits after an eleven year association with the BCCI and snap sponsorship deals.
"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 said in a press conference held at New Delhi.
While everything is not well with the Pune Warriors, their future at stake, and with no info on reconciliation, the big question is that of Prince of Kolkata, who shares a goood relationship with both the BCCI and the Sahara group, could see himself playing the role of a mediator.
A man known for his comebacks, Sourav Ganguly might as well feature as the skipper of the Pune Warriors in IPL 5. If so, don't be surprised!