New Delhi: Indian Premier League's two suspended franchisees Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals may be run by the BCCI under their banner for two seasons. This is after the R M Lodha panel who passed its order on suspending the IPL’s Chennai and Rajasthan franchisees for two years, top BCCI officials were busy on a conference call to decide on the next step to be taken.
According to report in the Indian Express, the BCCI is mulling various options, including the two IPL teams being monitored by the Indian board. The board will pay players’ fees and take care of other day-to-day matters.
“It will be a franchise under the BCCI banner and we will take care of everything. These two teams will not have to pay the annual franchise fees to the board. We will take care of the teams, like in case of the Rajasthan Cricket Association,” a top BCCI official told The Indian Express.
Another option that the BCCI is looking at is to give former defunct franchisee Kochi Tuskers an option to return to the IPL. This will help BCCI save Rs 550 crore after its arbitration with the franchise went in favour of the Kochi team.