New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is keen to retain the two suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals under new management for the duration of the two-year ban, according to a report.
A report in ESPNCricinfo claimed that the BCCI's working group has considered all possible options, including an alternative of inviting bids for two new franchises and putting the players from these suspended teams in a fresh auction.
The report also cited a working group member to claim that a majority of the working group members were of the opinion that running the suspended franchises under new independent management(s) is the safest option.
"No doubt our immediate priority is to ensure smooth conduct of IPL 2016. But we also need to keep future in mind. Most stakeholders expressed that the IPL model works best with eight teams. But if the BCCI finances are going to take a major hit with the other options, we will be left with no option but to float tenders for adding two teams for a longer duration," the working group member was quoted as saying.
Earlier, IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla revealed that the working group has "compiled suggestions from all stakeholders" during it's final meeting in Delhi on Wednesday. The final report will be submitted to the the board's working committee before its August 28 scheduled meeting in Kolkata.
The group comprises Shukla, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, IPL governing council member Sourav Ganguly, and is assisted by Usha Nath Bannerjee, the board's legal counsel.
The group was formed after the Lodha panel suspended these two franchises for two years following a prolonged probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal.