New Delhi: Ahead of the all-important Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council meeting in Kolkata tomorrow, the Working Group constituted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has suggested four options to the board, according to report.
According to a report published in Hindustan Times, the options included auctioning off both the suspended Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) teams, handing over the the reigns of these two franchises to credible entities for the duration of the ban, organising a feeder T20 league in tier 2 cities to select two teams which can fill up the two vacant slots, or establishing two new franchises altogether.
"We have suggested four logical possibilities. The first option will be to auction off both the banned teams for two years. The second option could be to hand over the reins of the teams to credible entities or institutions for the next two years," a member of the Working Group told Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
"Also, there is an option where the board can organise a T20 league in tier 2 cities and the top two teams from that league can fill up the two slots. However, this will be a time consuming process but even then it can be an option. The fourth option could be to pitch in two new teams altogether through auctions and these two teams can continue after CSK and RR rejoin the league once the ban term is over. The IPL anyway has the provision for 10 teams," the member added.
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court constituted Justice RM Lodha committee suspended CSK and RR for two years in a clean-up after the infamous 2013 IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.
But the Chennai-based franchise has since moved the Madras High Court challenging the suspension.
Regarding CSK's move to challenge the Lodha committee verdict, the member said, "We are not too bothered about CSK’s court notice."
Subsequent to the ban, the BCCI's lucrative Twenty20 league found itself in its own quandary, as to how to organise the 8-team tournament without it's two former champion teams.
A long-term, viable solution to this problem – which has put the existence of the league itself into question – is expected to be found during Thursday's IPL governing council meeting. And whatever decision or option is approved by the council, it will then be presented to the BCCI working committee which meets next day in Kolkata.
The Working Group comprises IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, IPL governing council member Sourav Ganguly, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, and BCCI legal advisor Usha Nath Banerjee. It was given six weeks to study the Lodha committee order and come up with suggestions.