No decision yet to scrap Kochi IPL team

Zeecric Bureau

Mumbai: The BCCI Governing Council has decided that like the first three editions of the Indian Premier League there will be eight teams in the 4th edition of the IPL and the players` auction for the fourth edition will be held on January 8 and 9 in Mumbai.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to come up with a decision to scrap the Kochi IPL team which was given 30-day termination notice on 27th October to sort out internal issues.

In the IPL governing council meeting today, the board has not taken any decision despite speculations that the investors group of Kochi IPL team is not at all interested in running the controversial franchisee.

BCCI vice-president and GC member Rajiv Shukla said that that the Kochi team has not submitted any withdrawal letter to the BCCI and their fate will be decided on November 27, the day the 30-day tarmination notice ends.

He also said that it has been decided that there will be eight teams in the next edition of the IPL and January 8 and 9 have been kept for the players` auction. The auction will be taken place in Mumbai.

The BCCI last month gave a 30-day notice to Kochi IPL consortium to sort out its internal differences and get its ownership structure in order.

When contacted, another governing council member, however, said that a decision on the Kochi issue would be taken only after the end of the 30-day notice period.

"The franchisee has been given a 30-day notice. A decision cannot be taken before that," the member said.

The BCCI had last month terminated its contract with the Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals franchisees alleging that they have violated the contractual agreement and changed their share-holding pattern without informing the Cricket Board.

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