Three Meetings, Three Franchises, Decision on IPL 9 Still Awaited

The Special sub committee of the BCCI called the ‘Working Group’ had its third meeting in the capital today. The special committee has been formed to give suggestions to chart the way forward for IPL 9 in the aftermath of two franchises, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals getting suspended by a Supreme Court-Appointed Panel.(Top Court to Hear Bihar’s Plea)

However, the five-member committee’s numbers seem to be dwindling day by day. In the first meeting all 5 members were present. In the second, Sourav Ganguly and legal eagle Usha Nath Banerjee were not present. In the third, Mr Ganguly, Mr Banerjee and Board Secretary Anurag Thakur did not attend leaving IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and Board Treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary to interact with the representatives of Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Delhi team owner and son of GM Rao Kiran Grandhi interacted with the Board officials along with former cricketer and top official of GMR Sunil Valson. Grandhi shared Delhi’s thoughts about not preferring a 6 team IPL considering that would entail a substantial financial hit for the billion dollar league.(Chennai, Rajasthan Suspended)

What was said to be like an informal interaction also saw the Delhi franchise stressing on the importance of finding a solution that does not hurt the credibility of the IPL.

It is also learnt that at least one franchisee believes that whatever is the final outcome it is unlikely to be a ‘perfect solution’.

Owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Vijay Mallya interacted with Board officials via Video Conferencing.

On Wednesday, representatives of Kolkata Knight Riders, co-owner Jay Mehta and CEO Venky Mysore met with the Working Group members and as told to NDTV had a ‘brainstorming session’.

The fourth meeting of the Working Group which is likely to include the representatives of the Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians is scheduled to be held on Saturday at Taj Lands End, Mumbai.


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