New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is currently working on multiple fronts – floating tenders for two new teams, challenging Kochi Tuskers arbitration in court and preparing a roadmap in case contracts with Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are terminated, reports the Times of India.
The board however, has decided to shun the idea of a six-team IPL or inviting two foreign team for its next edition.
The IPL governing council is scheduled to meet on August 29 in Mumbai where a report will be submitted to it by the board's five-member working group.
"Termination is a very much an option, as much as auctioning two new teams is," BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur was quoted as saying in the TOI report.
"We haven't formed an opinion on that. It can have legal ramifications, even the Lodha Committee hasn't recommended that," said Rajeev Shukla.
However, a section within the BCCI believes legal issues are bound to arise if CSK and RR are terminated. For now, only two franchises are against the idea of a fresh auction for new franchises as they believe the exit of RR and CSK will erode the brand value of the cash-rich league.
Apart from two IPL franchises, all other stakeholders oppose the idea of inviting foreign teams or going ahead with a tournament with just six teams.
"There won't be value erosion. In fact, we strongly believe there'll be value realization if two new teams are auctioned," KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia told TOI.
The board also believes the arbitrator in Kochi Tuskers verdict did not stick to the scope of the franchise agreement.