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Sahara confirms Pune's participation in IPL 5

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Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 13:39 [IST]
 
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Relief for BCCI as Pune stays

New Delhi, Feb 7: Sahara Group Chief has confirmed Pune Warriors' participation in IPL 2012, and said players need not be deprived of playing in the fifth edition of IPL during an interview to an English News Channel on Tuesday.

Sahara chairman Subrato Roy revealed that withdrawal plans weren't taken overnight while it was a decision taken in January itself.

"It wasn't an impulsive move, decision on withdrawal was taken in Jan, not overnight," says Subrato Roy.

He further said players should not be deprived of playing in IPL 2012, also refused to comment on the reconciliation with an open mind.

"Pune Team will stay. Can't comment on reconciliation with an open mind," he said.

He further revealed that BCCI had not given tickets for a match and feels there was no respect despite being the prime sponsors for the Indian Cricket team.

"There was no respect, I did not even get tickets for a cricket match once from BCCI, Subroto Roy told CNN-IBN on Tuesday.

"There is no level playing field in IPL, some teams get benefits that others dont," he told CNN-IBN.

Sahara had 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 an hour before the IPL Auction for the fifth edition which was held in Bangalore on Saturday.

Though they agreed to go ahead with the talks, Sahara defended its decision to withdraw and snap sponsorship deals.

Now, with Sahara confirming Pune Warriors' participation in the fifth edition of IPL this year, players heave a sigh of relief as their future was at stake since the day of the IPL auction 2012 on Saturday.

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