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Kochi franchise terminated by BCCI

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 19, 2011

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Brad Hodge celebrates dismissing Pinal Shah, Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Indore, May 15, 2011
Kochi Tuskers Kerala will not be part of future IPLs © AFP
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The Kochi Tuskers Kerala IPL franchise has been terminated by the BCCI for breaching its terms of agreement, the new board president N Srinivasan has said after the annual general meeting in Mumbai. The trigger for the decision was the franchise's inability to furnish a new bank guarantee for 2011. It is understood that the deadline for Kochi to submit the bank guarantee was March 26, 2011. So the BCCI felt it had every right to terminate the contract once the franchise had failed to produce it.

"Because of the irremediable breach committed by the Kochi franchise, the BCCI has decided to encash the bank guarantee [for 2010] in its possession and also terminate the franchise," Srinivasan said. When asked if Kochi had any chance of returning, Srinivasan responded: "No, we have terminated the franchise because the breach is not capable of being remedied."

Under the terms of the franchise agreement, each franchise has to submit a bank guarantee every year that covers the fee payable to the BCCI. "We waited for six months for the fresh bank guarantee to come," a top BCCI official told ESPNcricinfo. "They kept saying they will, they will, they will. That had no meaning."

According to the official Shashank Manohar, who stepped down as BCCI president at the AGM, had told Kochi's owners that in case they needed an extension, they should send a letter signed by all the owners stating they would fulfill their commitments under the franchise agreement or the BCCI could encash the bank guarantee. The franchise had assured Manohar they would send the letter the same evening.

"The last president [Manohar] said that that if you want an extension of two to three days or more, you give us a letter signed by all the owners saying that we undertake to pay the guarantee money by such and such a date," the official said. "And if we fail to do that we have no objection to the bank guarantee to be encashed by the BCCI."

The official said the Kochi owners sent a "simple letter" that did not include all the details Manohar had asked for and so the board took the decision to terminate the franchise. "[These] things do not work. It is even unfair to the other franchises."

According to the official, the BCCI was not worried about Kochi going to court because it was the franchise that had defaulted. As for the players, they are likely to go back into the auction. "And in case the players' dues are not paid, we would ensure that it is paid from the bank guarantee money we encash."

The chairman of Kochi, Mukesh Patel, however, denied that the franchise owed the board any money. "The BCCI notice is wrong, prima facie," he told PTI. "We will take legal action against them after our legal team reviews the case in a day or two. Maybe we have to move court. We have never defaulted. The BCCI will be paying us Rs 12 to 15 crore ($2.5 million to $3.13 million) next month as a part of our central revenue."

The franchise's dispute centres on the BCCI's decision to reduce the number of IPL games from 94 to 74. "The number of games in Tender Document was 94; they then reduced it to 74 but did not reduce the franchise fees."

The BCCI also appointed Rajiv Shukla as the new IPL chairman, succeeding Chirayu Amin, and said that the league's governing council would take a decision on whether to have another auction for a new franchise. With Kochi's termination, the ten-team competition will be reduced to nine.

The consortium that owns Kochi is reported to have defaulted on an annual payment of Rs 156 crores as a bank guarantee. In April 2010, the BCCI's working committee had rejected demands from Kochi and Pune Warriors for a reduction in their franchisee fees. The two new franchises, which made their debuts in 2011, had sought a 25% waiver on the grounds that the BCCI had stated in the bidding document that each team would play 18 league matches in a season. The schedule was later reduced to 14 matches per team.

The two teams already paid 75% of this year's installment and wanted the balance waived. They argued the reduction in matches was a breach of the terms of the Invitation to Tender the BCCI had issued before the two new teams were bought. Since they had based their bid on the number of matches to be played, a reduction should therefore be accompanied by a reduction in the franchise fee. However, the BCCI voted to turn down the request at its meeting in Mumbai in April.

In March 2010, the Sahara group had bid $370 million to became owners of the Pune franchise while a consortium of five companies called Rendezvous Sports World offered $333.33 million for Kochi.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by kv_aneesh on (September 21, 2011, 4:07 GMT)

@avsandeep I am wondering what you guys are mean by "Country vs Club". Do you guys think Tendulkar or Sehwag or Harbhajan is playing for the country?? If yes, why can't you admit that they are playing for their states/region (say Mumbai for Tendulkar, Delhi for Sehwag and Kochi for Sreesanth) when playing IPL or CLT? Any problem? They are getting huge amount of money when playing for the "country" and a bigger amount when playing for the "club"? Any problem? First of all please understand that the players are playing for BCCI and not for India. BCCI clearly declared that in Supreme Court. BCCI is a member of ICC so that they are participating their team in the ICC tournaments. The players are signed a contract with BCCI and not with the India Government nor with our sports ministry. So, please cheer up for the players who are doing their job for money (like us), no matter it for club or country or world eleven or anything. By the way, who said Tendulkar is fit to play CLT?

Posted by m_ilind on (September 20, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

@avsandeep: I'm not (surprised)! CLT20 is a multimillion dollar tournament. Go figure! They took a break from the Eng tour to recuperate and get ready for it.

Posted by anshu.s on (September 20, 2011, 18:03 GMT)

All you Ipl bashers wish u wld back off, u guys say terminate Ipl n then do what watch our Gr8 India team get bashed 4-0 .......No thankyou....national team is monopolised by 14-15 players where as in Ipl abt 300 odd players get to showcase there talent...get paid n get media spotlight.....u guys seem obsessed by Team India but if u r true India fan then appreciate all the cricket that comes from India weather it is Ipl,Ranji trophy,Duleep trophy,Irani trophy or u-19 tournament....pls give players not selected for Indian team to make a career out of it......professional sports can only survive if more n more people r stakeholders....look at USA THEY LOVE THERE SPORTS FOR eg- NFL IS HARDLY PLAYED IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY BUT DAT DOSEN'T BOTHER THEM OR STOP LOVING THERE RESPECTIVE TEAMS...PEACE !!!

Posted by agam99 on (September 20, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

A new team should be announced.. preferably from Ahmadabad. Who KTK team should be put into auction along other new applicant players. Everything will be sorted out so nothing to worry about.

Posted by PrajithR on (September 20, 2011, 14:11 GMT)

@Vrishab Sikand... Absolutely agree with you. More crows than people are seen in stadium of late attending Test matches in most countries. Many people just support Test matches to show that they are mentally superior or something...Going by the same logic we should ban Pop/Film songs so that classical music can survive.

Posted by adetya on (September 20, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

@Vrishab Sikand:I for one watched almost all days of eng vs india all 4 test matches because they satrted around 2 and i was home by 5.though i missed the twenty 20 and the one day series cause IT DIDNT MATTER. and i loved the india vs SA series before the world cup where india playes the way they should hav in england.ur in a deliusion tht nobody cares about test cricket and people dont love it.suppose you finish one day/test matches at the dmestic level.just think of the quality of cricketers we would get.good feilders almost all of them.batsmen?would they even know how to score a hundered?or wat it takes or even how to concentrate fr tht long?bowlers?what kind of bowlers are you going to get if they know they hav to always bowl on a flat dec k and just wait to be hit by batsmen.the day they end test cricket thats the end of cricket.2020 is new its exiting but check the stats most cricketrs who do well are test crickers.2020 is good but if not cricket.its just a side show.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 11:39 GMT)

I agree with Vrishab Sikand, better to watch impartial IPL matches than controversial bilateral series

Posted by Tatsache on (September 20, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

@avsandeep...people are coming to stadium to watch big players not exaclty for teams..If big players are missing no one come to watch..thats the reason even though injury players are playing CL and IPL..Its all money,mistake is after playing CL and IPL players will not play international game due to injury and out of the form and they adict all IPL shots..they unable to play test and contineuosly 4 to 5 days :)

Posted by x-squire-x on (September 20, 2011, 11:21 GMT)

@ avsandeep, agree with you, and don't forget Gambir, for his absolutely gutless display in the recent tests against England.

@ ROLAYH, well said!

Posted by VinodGupte on (September 20, 2011, 10:58 GMT)

get rid of one more team and IPL will regain its glory. have fewer games and wrap up the tournament in 4 weeks.

Posted by avsandeep on (September 20, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

I find it surprising that Tendulkar and Harbhajan are fit to play the Champions League and IPL and not for India. IT is time we stop hero worshipping these cricketers who don't care

Posted by AnshulNagar on (September 20, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

I am soooo sad for kochi, they r the only thinking franchise in the Ipl. Their revolutionary ideas like having 7 fast bowlers in there team and their choice of jersey colour (orange for batting ; purple for bowling; 'wht creativity'). we will miss them.

Posted by ROLAYH on (September 20, 2011, 9:47 GMT)

Who cares... there are already too many teams and too many games in IPL...

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 9:16 GMT)

Absolutely unmanageable team Kochi is..Ever since the beginning they've been a problem..& yeah every ODI center in India holds a superb amount of attendance..So there is nothing great to exclaim about Kerala spectators

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

Lol ho gya :P I wish Kochi was bought by Mallus and not by Gujjus. Mammooty MOhanlal where r u??? buy this team!!!!

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 8:18 GMT)

Its strange that indian players are fitt for the champions league and the IPL, But not fit to play in England. players like Harbhajan, Zaheer, Tendulkar, Ishant all fitt now !!!

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (September 20, 2011, 7:46 GMT)

Shame on BCCI. What rights does it have to demand same money even after reducing the number of matches they promised in their tenders? From a neutral point of view I feel that the franchises are right in asking for concession as they now have only 14 matches to generate revenue against 18 promised in tenders. Would N Srinivasan be happy if CSK matches are reduced to 8? Hell will break lose. Think about it!

Posted by Tatsache on (September 20, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

I am happy If you terminate IPL :).... thanks

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

Kochi Tuskers Kerala IPL franchise has been terminated by the BCCI for breaching its terms of agreement.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 7:04 GMT)

Gujarath loby is playing part in cochi team, we want another team for cochin that support cochin itself.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 6:49 GMT)

why dunt bcci spend the money to develope fast bowlers frm these zonal coaches...reward should be dere...give them facilities,grounds,coaches.. i bet days will not be far but most important politics free enviornment...

Posted by sweetspot on (September 20, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

It is disgusting to see so many posters here drooling over the prospects of the IPL crashing into nothing. Sorry, that is not going to happen. No cricket venture has ever been so successful even in aggregate over many years as the IPL has been in four short years. Sure, there will be ups and downs, and it is understandable that stands were empty in the IPL soon after the WC. But had India exited the WC early, instead of going on to win it dramatically, nobody would have been emotionally drained, and would have shown up to support their IPL teams. Anything can happen, but trying to wish off the IPL like it is some sort of villain is just folly. It reminds me of the fools that tried to wish off the Maruti car when it came, saying the Ambassador is the best car for India. What nonsense. Change is here, and it is emblazoned with enterprise, not nostalgia.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

where ever you (money) go our network (IPL) follows

Posted by MAAMBA on (September 20, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

GOOD ONE....THAT FRANCHISE IS ALWAYS THE PROBLEMATIC ONE.......Ahemdabad should get on IPL franchise

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 4:20 GMT)

No Kochi has chance ...They have time upto 27 sept.. mean while who said kerala is a misfit for cricket ? did u saw the last odi played there.?close to one lakh spectators

Posted by   on (September 20, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

It is not good news for IPL. I hope the Administrators will find an amicable solution to this. What about the Players? How are they going to get compensated? Some big names like Jayawardene, Murali, Hodge are in it. BCCI, please re-look in to it?

Posted by CandidIndian on (September 20, 2011, 2:59 GMT)

As an Indian fan i am waiting for the day when Indian cricket terminates IPL.Replace IPL with a similar domestic test league , then we will find out how good our youngsters are.

Posted by m_ilind on (September 20, 2011, 0:48 GMT)

One down, nine to go! Keep it up

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 21:58 GMT)

It's just a matter of a few weeks/months now for the much richer Ahmedabad franchise to be drawn into the bandwagon..... Money rules in IPL.... a bit sad for my hometown (Kochi) though.....

Posted by Usmanaftab24 on (September 19, 2011, 20:03 GMT)

Kerala deserves a place in IPL, not fair! Why Kerala?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 19:51 GMT)

Dale: why decide for everyone? If test cricket is popular then money will flow into it. Right now it is being subsidized by other forms. Don't get me wrong, I am big fan of test matches but can only watch may be an hour a day (max) no one else in my family does. But even my mom follows the shorter forms. The vastbsums of money are not coming out of thin air, they are coming from the more popular formats. I don't want to ban/terminate anything. Let people and players decide. Suppose you are an engineer, and someone else decides that's it much more nobler for u to be a minister in some church/priest in a temple etc. Would u want others to decide for u ?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

I was a fan of the IPL, but frankly this is a joke. The IPL, BCCI and everything associated with the both of them have become something that nobody can honestly take seriously. This is just silly.

Posted by inswing on (September 19, 2011, 19:47 GMT)

We don't know what the background story is and what underhand dealing did or did not take place. But Kerala seemed like financially the least capable franchise. All the franchises are making a loss, and will continue to do so for many years. So you need people with enough wherewithal to take crores in losses every year. Kerala may not be a big enough market for that. Ahmedabad is the most logical place for franchise given that it is the sixth largest city in the country, there is no other franchise in Gujarat, and it is financially the most vibrant state.

Posted by Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on (September 19, 2011, 19:22 GMT)

@Vrishab: Well why not pay players the absurd money for Test cricket then? Lets face it, T20 cricket is watered down- in the music industry it would be called selling out. Why compromise the quality of the sport just for money? I would rather play the longer forms of cricket and this is because I love the longer forms. Invest these vast amounts of money into the proper forms of cricket, T20 is really just a gimmicky moneymaker.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 18:42 GMT)

So much elitism about test cricket! How many people have the time to watch a full test match? How come the stands are empty and the tv rights sell only for the one days and t20's. Sooner or later the market will speak, maybe the really altruistic will dedicate their life to play test and others will dedicate to watch. Ill is suited for the working people who can watch almost whole game of cricket after work.

I would like to ask those who are raving about test cricket, how many of you watched a whole test match recently? Who has watched a whole series? How many would leave their corporate jobs to work for their govts for one tenth the salary they currently make. I bet very close to zero would be the answer. Then why begrudge the cricketers who have the same needs but a shorter shelf life.

Posted by Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on (September 19, 2011, 18:26 GMT)

Who cares? Viva la Test cricket!

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT9zVWVG6io watch this kochi terminated

Posted by JAWNSIN on (September 19, 2011, 17:10 GMT)

Kerala and Kricket... it was a misfit in the first place.......Vonly one international stadium and empty stands...Zimbly disgusting......

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 16:54 GMT)

..stupid..t20 will kill cricket.....let the ipl teams play in Renji trophy as well....we need guys with strong mind......its essential to play more 4day and 5 day matches ....a test player will be able to adopt any form of game.....

Posted by Sakthiivel on (September 19, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

Kochi Team is always problem even in last IPL they did the same but this time going to face the music...

Posted by maxymax on (September 19, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

what absurd amounts of money! none of it will reach the common man or used to develop even cricket, leave along other sports. the Indian youth is smarter these days. they should wake up and boycott IPL. that is the only way to save cricket in India.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 16:38 GMT)

Thats damn so stupid!! How can a brand new team be threatened like this?! And to top it all!! ravindra jadeja is in the team!! Nt fair at all!!! :////

Posted by rko_rules on (September 19, 2011, 16:30 GMT)

@ iindianzen, like you are saying that there should be only 6 teams, then the teams should be- punjab, delhi, kolkata, chennai, bangalore and rajasthan

Posted by A.Ak on (September 19, 2011, 16:07 GMT)

I think IPL should be played as 2 seasons, half and half. In the season playing the second half and all the finals and NO champions league. May be they can combine the CL team in a lone league and at some point they meet the IPL team. Something like what they do for world cup. Pre-qualifying may be. This could reduce the length of the t20 games by at least a month (now nearly 3 months). I think that could give space for international commitments. Its so hard to watch so many matches of very less quality.

Posted by givemefood on (September 19, 2011, 15:59 GMT)

There you go again BCCI with your thuggery. This N.Srinivasan needs to either be the owner for CSK or the president of BCCI, not both. He is an example of how badly the system in our Country works.

Posted by coolsuhas on (September 19, 2011, 15:41 GMT)

Just hang on. Last season, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab were threatened with relegation. And they ended up playing. I hope Kochi Tuskers Kerala is able to bounce back from this legal dispute.

Posted by fiery_abhishek on (September 19, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

omg..!!!so yet another team for ravidra jadeja??..which 1 is it now?3rd or 4th??

Posted by om.pani on (September 19, 2011, 14:31 GMT)

what happen to kochi star players

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 14:20 GMT)

@Dhairya Vahalia, have to agree with u pal . I live in Vadodara, and i wouldn't mind travelling 120-130 km north to watch at Motera. And secondly, without trying to offend the people of Kerala, people in Gujarat have more disposable income, the state is a very lucrative market for a franchise. We have three international stadium, in fact 4, if we include the other stadium in Ahmedabad. We are 6 crore passionate cricket fans. Gujarat deserves a franchise.

Posted by bharath74 on (September 19, 2011, 14:00 GMT)

that is very gud for IPL, 6 teams wud be gud

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 13:23 GMT)

Will it b a 9 teams' IPL in 2012?

Posted by luisbrunel on (September 19, 2011, 13:18 GMT)

Time for another needless controversy. N Srinivasan owns Chennai Super Kings and this will taken as a conflict of interest

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 13:15 GMT)

thn who plyed .......kochi star of ipl

Posted by SagirParkar on (September 19, 2011, 13:06 GMT)

BCCI need to realise that the emphasis should be on cricket and not on too much greed...

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

Let me tell you one thing guys...IPL is really Indian Problem league...it is killing indian cricket and their players...dhoni,raina ,pathan and all never can be a test match plaets as far as IPL conducts...it is killing cricket itself..conduct test matches more and save cricket from this stupid IPL

Posted by crikbuff on (September 19, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

Great news! Now hopefully all true Indian cricket fans will boycott IPL which is destroying cricket. Then other franchises will start going bankrupt. IPL will go bust and cricket will survive!

Posted by Joyron on (September 19, 2011, 12:47 GMT)

Good riddance! Must admit that I have long considered myself to be a cricket romantic with interests only in test matches and to a lesser degree One day games. But the vitriolic outburst against T20 in general and IPL in particular (on cricinfo) is a refreshing reminder to the cricketing establishment that skimpily clad women and brash/rogue/skill less youngsters aint enough to keep viewers interested in the game. As a former cricketer very sardonically commented - Test match is like single malt whisky while 20-20 country is country made liqour. May public opinion force BCCI to say goodbye to this IPL circus...keep your fingers crossed mates! :)

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:46 GMT)

I never understood what are Gujju investors doing by investing in a team based in Kerala? There was never a market for them over there. Taking a franchisee in Ahmedabad would have given them better revenues! I guess they would understand the same now after making a lot of losses!!

Posted by Anurag_India on (September 19, 2011, 12:42 GMT)

People who don't like IPL, there is no need to deride it. Just don't watch it. It is good for average Indian first class cricketer who can't make it to the Indian team. It gives them financial security. Cricket becomes an alternate profession, like Football in much of Europe. I dare say it might evn reduce the politics involved in national team selection as that no longer will be the be all and end all for your average Cricketer. You play for your club 10-15-20 years then graduate into management / coaching / media roles. Sure, it does not have the international quality, but it cannot given the current 4 overseas player regulation. It still provides good entertainment for most part and thats how we should look at it. Franchise loyalty, traditions, history takes time to build. IPL is very new, give it time, it'll evolve and become an even better product than it already is.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:41 GMT)

Hopefully the other franchises also get 'terminated' (due to any reason.. dont care)and IPL itself gets terminated ..Otherwise it will terminate Indian cricket..(already doing that)..a true cricket/India fan

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:39 GMT)

Good... we won't have to see the ugly purple and orange dress anymore

Posted by Shanmughan on (September 19, 2011, 12:32 GMT)

Scrap the length of this tournament to 1 month,it seems only way to keep the players fit for India. the players doesnt seem to be concerned,,looks as if its time for the fans of ' Team India' to take a bold step by boycotting this tournament otherwise..

Posted by CricketChat on (September 19, 2011, 12:27 GMT)

From this year's attendances, it is clear IPL craze is wearing off. After a disastrous tour to Eng, fans may not support IPL like before. One way to increase fan base and ad revenue is to allow Pak players to participate starting with IPL-5.

Posted by Anurag_India on (September 19, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

No doubt IPL rocks. They should just try and manage the players workload better. Maybe introduce a rule to restrice the number of games a player can play during the league stages. I think the 8 teams were the right number. IPL should try and get backt to that somehow and send no more than 2 teams to the CL. That would improve the quality of Cricket in CL, which should be the ultimate goal even if that results in revenue loss in short term. Besides CL should be rotated between India and S.Africa at least. Australia is difficult due to their time zone. England would be good too if they ever join in whole heartedly.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:19 GMT)

Seems like a fair request to have the fee reduced if the games are reduced. Unreasonable by the IPL. Kochi should take them to court. Also, please can someone tell me how much the outstanding amount is in US$'a

Posted by HLANGL on (September 19, 2011, 12:18 GMT)

Entire IPL has become quite a joke & it's becoming more & more detrimental to the entire game. Can anyone ban IPL for the sake of the game to stop this joke with immediate effect ?. Its bidding system reminds only a nonsense Bollywood movie lacking nothing but the most important factor; the credibility. The highest paid players like Yousuf Pathan, Venugopal Rao, ... , etc. are worldclass failures when compared to the genuine talents in the international stage. It that respect as well, IPL is not much different to Bollywood; their leading players have many things in common to their counterparts in Bollywood movies. I'm not sure even the likes of Gambir, Doni, Mahela, etc. are worth 1500, 000$ - 2000, 000$ they are (said to be) paid for the 10+ games they'd be playing as opposed to the players like Gilchrist, Lee, etc. who are paid much less. Are they that special ?. A waste of money to say the least which will make the entire game unstable sooner than later if not kicked out.

Posted by symsun on (September 19, 2011, 12:14 GMT)

Gambling is permitted in US but not in India. So Govt India should take necessary steps to prevent this gambling. Make IPL games free-to-watch live in DD (Doordharsan). And just like govt managing movie ticketing cost for Cinema halls. Ticket rates for watching Cricket in stadium should be restricted. There by you will actually encourage game and youth of india and sportsmanship. Otherwise its the number one place for business man and advertisers for betting and gambling.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:11 GMT)

terminate the IPL itself .. to much drama cricket was much better before IPL IPL is joke . no franchise is money out of this only BCCI and player making money . they will all go bankrupt one by one

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 12:09 GMT)

I Wonder if still Indian fans will watch Champions League after such a shameful performance by their players in England !!! NOT a single victory in any of the formats.

Posted by AjaySridharan on (September 19, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

What about the other 9 teams? Can we terminate them as well? I want BCCI to function with some say from the fans. They are serving up ridiculous teams, tournaments and quality of play like Mithun Chakravarti churns up B grade movies...with utter disregard to what the fans really want. Whither went free market economics?

Posted by AtticusFinch on (September 19, 2011, 12:01 GMT)

Shouldnt the BCCI be more concerned about the pathetic display of Dhoni and his men on the English tour. It brought ridicule to the entire nation, be it for their lack of preparedness, their obvious disinterest, the complete lack of regret and remorse and the sham 'injuries'. The BCCI should be trying to clean this act up, instead of trying to clean up the circus called IPL - that too for breach of financial contract!!!

Posted by 512fm on (September 19, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

why dont they just terminate the whole ipl, are indian fans even going to be interested in this anymore? That tour to England was a complete embarrassment to their country.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 11:58 GMT)

good desicion i wish the bcci terminates the ipl also it is just a waste of time.for sure cricket lovers will lose intrest in ipl completely and it will be scrapped.for better result please stop ipl it is just a waste of time ......:p

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 19, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

they will all go bankrupt one by one, IPL took a hit this year right after the wc when everything was on the rise not so sure india fans will keep supporting their paper tigers any more.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

I enjoy watching the ipl. It allows me to enjoy talent from other countries. It also allows me to watch an hour or so every day. If it's a bilateral series involving India then I watch longer and I get emotionally attached to the result both I can't afford :-) For this reason for me personally ipl rocks. I enjoyed the 8 teams more than 10 team format.

Posted by annys on (September 19, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

Terminate IPL itself who wants to watch IPL played by players who cant bat bowl or field

Posted by Neelakandhan on (September 19, 2011, 11:41 GMT)

Whether the players will be reauctioned???????

Posted by Rick777 on (September 19, 2011, 11:35 GMT)

Good. But what will happen to it's million dollar players and supporting staff?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

in fact IPL should be played every year it should be every four years as world cup!!! thus giving much importance to country than respective clubs and also players would be having no pressure to play in IPL as well they will be fresh to perform in IPL..unlike every year and losing fitness

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 11:30 GMT)

Sad that Kerala will miss a team from now on....But considering the discussion of moving the base of Kochi team to Ahmedabad,I am happy that team will not be there.I will be more happy if they decide to reduce the number of games per team to 8 so that people and crowd wont get bored..Oh I forgot that BCCI will lose money in that case :)....

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 11:25 GMT)

@indianzen: Replace Delhi and Kolkatta by Rajathan and Dc! Both Delhi and Kolkatta have qualified onnnly once! But Rajasthan and Dc are CHAMPIONS baby!

Posted by Crusader1980 on (September 19, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

Can someone terminate the IPL for the sake of good order....!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by here2rock on (September 19, 2011, 11:19 GMT)

IPL is joke! Let's just abolish it and get on with playing real cricket. Let the young Indian players go and earn money!

Posted by harshalb on (September 19, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

After the England tour, Indian fans are going to boycott IPL anyway, whether BCCI terminate or not, cricket fans will definitely terminate IPL

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 11:02 GMT)

It is good hear the termination news as we Keralites don't need a team, which is trying to shift the base from Kerala to Ahmedabad.......We are happy now.......congrats to BCCI.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

interesting to know Sunil Gavaskar & Ravi Shastri's comment on the same.

Posted by indianzen on (September 19, 2011, 10:39 GMT)

good thing by BCCI, reduce the teams to 6 and then see how good the tournament is... lesser teams lesser matches, players will not get burnt... All I want is just 6 Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkatta, Bangalore, Chennai and 1 other from the bottom group... reduce the foreign players to 3 and check how indians are improving...

Posted by Shredderwoods on (September 19, 2011, 10:38 GMT)

BCCI drama is on ! I am already bored. they are making more headline than the team itself :(

Posted by 9ST9 on (September 19, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

now do the same for PUNE - and make sure IPL has only 8 teams - which is the right amount.

Posted by Zat. on (September 19, 2011, 10:21 GMT)

Could the IPL do the crciket world a favour now and terminate all the other teams in the comp so real cricket can take precedence again?

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