Tharoor exudes hope IPL Kochi will be a reality

Updated: Nov 28, 2010, 21:32 PM IST

Kozhikode: Former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor is hoping that the Kochi IPL team will be able to compete in the fourth edition, following the BCCI`s decision to postopone a final decision on its fate to December 5.

"I think the team will become a reality as BCCI`s decision holds some hope to save it," the Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram told reporters on Sunday.

Tharoor, who had to resign as Minister of State for External Affairs a year back amid controversies over his role as `mentor` of the Kochi team, said if the team would do good for cricket in Kerala in particular and sporting activities in general.

He was here to attend a private function.

At a meeting of IPL`s Governing Council today in Nagpur, BCCI put off the decision on the franchise for a third time after expiry of a month-long deadline given to it for sorting out its internal bickering over shareholding.

BCCI President Shashank Manohar said the board would take a decision on December 5.

Kochi was on the verge of being thrown out of IPL due to shareholding dispute between the consortium`s investors. But the franchise owners reached a compromise on Saturday.