Chennai: With the BCCI-Deccan Chargers stand-off now becoming a legal battle, the Board on Saturday decided to add a new team for the coming IPL season while leaving it to the court to rule on the beleaguered franchise’s participation.
The Deccan Chargers issue was discussed at length at the Working Committee meeting but the BCCI refrained from openly speaking about the issue as it is sub-judice.
After Deccan Chargers’ contract with IPL was terminated in dramatic fashion Friday night, the Deccan Chronicles Holdings Ltd. — the owners of the franchise — moved the Mumbai High Court seeking a stay against the BCCI’s decision.
The counsels of both the sides were in Court on Saturday but it did not pass any order staying the termination. The matter has now been placed for hearing on Monday.
“In view of the matter being sub-judice, we have not taken any decision today (Saturday). We will discuss about floating a fresh tender for a new IPL team,” a top BCCI official said on condition of anonymity.
He said the BCCI has made up its mind not to have Deccan Chargers in the IPL but in case a favourable verdict from the court, they could be included as the 10th team. “We will definitely add a new team in the sixth edition of the IPL from among the waiting franchises. If DC is not there we will go ahead with nine teams but in case we are forced to include them it would be a 10-team affair,” the official said. (agencies)