IPL 2012 news February 16, 2012

Sahara and BCCI patch up

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The Pune Warriors will remain in the IPL and its parent company Sahara will continue its sponsorship of the Indian team, it was announced on Thursday, ending a public and bitter dispute between the Indian board and its long-time corporate partner. The two sides released a joint statement, almost a fortnight after Sahara's dramatic exit from top-flight Indian cricket, which spelled out the terms of the agreement.

The major concession Pune seem to have won is the restoration of its auction purse of $1.6 million and the licence to buy players who were not sold at the auction and also foreign players who were not part of the auction.

The other concessions include: an extension of the trading window till the end of February, the possibility of being allowed more than the norm of four overseas players (subject to the agreement of the other franchises), and an arbitration process to decide on their demand for a concession in the franchise fee.

Sahara has also been given the right to stage one of the IPL play-off games subject to the consent of Royal Challengers Bangalore, the original hosts. The BCCI also said it would consider Sahara's request to furnish a bank guarantee for its franchise fee in two instalments.

Sahara's decision to continue its sponsorship of the Indian national team had this proviso: "Sahara may want to exercise its right to assign the sponsorship as per the agreement," implying the possibility of Sahara sub-letting the rights.

Sahara chairman Subrata Roy, while welcoming the agreement, said one of his requests had not been included. "We had strongly requested for an open auction in 2013," Roy said. Though he remained in his offices in one of the Sahara hotels in Mumbai, the camp appeared upbeat and his two sons - who were closely involved in the negotiations - were seen walking purposefully and wishing officials and members of the media.

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla was happy the dispute was resolved. "Whatever issues were there, have been addressed," he said. "Whatever was possible within the framework, has been achieved. We have not bent rules."

One of Pune's cricketers, the left-arm spinner Murali Kartik tweeted: "Great news..Pune Playing..guessing right that all the players are relieved..phew."

It was not immediately clear, though, whether Sahara's decision to rejoin the fold was contingent on all conditions being ultimately met, and whether other franchises had been consulted during the negotiations. Franchise officials contacted by ESPNcricinfo said they had come to know of the news through the joint statement and had not been formally contacted by the BCCI. They had not, they said, decided their stand on the issues that relate to them.

Today's announcement followed hectic negotiations over the past few days and a fair bit of posturing and selective leaks. Officials said negotiations were fraught with complications given the high stakes involved and the BCCI team's need to clear every major decision with their seniormost officials. Even as late as Thursday afternoon, they said, chances of a deal were hanging by a thread.

Sahara had threatened to walk away from both the league and Indian cricket an hour before the IPL auction earlier this month. The dispute arose around a request by Sahara to be allowed to add their star signing Yuvraj Singh's to their auction purse for the February 4 auction after it was learnt that Yuvraj could not take part in the IPL.

The truce comes three days after a meeting of the BCCI's working committee at which almost all of Sahara's requests were turned down.

Edited by Jayaditya Gupta

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  • anshu.s on February 18, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I fully agree with @bruisers n with @satish619chandar , Sahara when it had decided to withdraw from IPL on auction day in there press release had mentioned that they had taken decided to sponsor the Indian as they din't want any foregin company to do the same, they also went to great details to mentio all the plans they had for the betterment of Indian youth in villages n small towns.Now the same Sahara thinks 7 Indian players are not good enough for them n want the 5th foregin player.They made a huge song n dance about retention clause as if they had bought those players on auction they would have won the IPL,really if that was the case Rajasthan Royals would have never won an IPL in first place,i think they wanted those retained players not for playing purposes but for the marketing pull n there brand value !! in truth they have some realy good Indian players in there mix,however if i was an young Indian player in the team i will feel devalued ...

  • Mr.Shrek on February 17, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    NO !!!!! not the circus again

  • Nampally on February 17, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @Bruisers: Yuvraj's is not an injury - unforeseen rare form of cancer.He may not return to the team again. So reimbursement of his Fee is fully justified. As regards to the 5th foreign professional, I agree with your comment, albeit Mumbai were given undue advantage last year. Their so-called injured player (I think, Yadev) played in the XI. 7 Indians + 4 foreign players is a good mix. Sahara made a huge blunder by paying an exhorbitant entry fee of $370 Million, which might exceed the entry fee of all other franchises put together. Now they are in a damage control mode, I think. 27% fee retrieval for games not played + extra 5th player. I don't know if Sahara withdraws Pune from IPL, whether they would get back their $370 Million. If they do, I would have tried that avenue first. Then re-enter Pune Warriors for a fee in the range of <$50 Million. Someone in Sahara goofed up royally& has been asked to make amends. It is "crazy" to pay $370 Million entry Fee!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    GREAT they are getting along. All the best. Cricket is the winner.

  • Sakthiivel on February 17, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Well done Roy and Sahara. You have made wonderful drama telling people of India that Sahara going spend money on social works and now you show the real color. Why should u make ppl as jokers

  • on February 17, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    its good that pune is back...all the best 2 pune team

  • class9ryan on February 17, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Pune is a strong side even without Yuvi. I think d franchise should have faith in their players. a important fact is that Yuvraj isn't present but Angelo Matthews will b present this year who missed d previous I P L due to injury.....

  • Arun0010 on February 17, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    good to see that issue has been resolved :)

  • satish619chandar on February 17, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Sahara can't play in ONE IPL without Yuvi whom they claim to be the marquee player and that too after playing with him for only one year.. But they still expect other teams to leave all their best players and come to full auction? Really felt very onesided that argument.. I find no sense in the FULL auction especially the franchises spend more money and time to develop a time and select a captain and groom a team under him.. I feel there is no need for any auction from now.. The teams can just have a transfer window from now.. It is unnecessary to have another auction from fresh.. How about the money and time spent by Pune for the two years? Are they not satisfied with this team they are having right now? Uthappa, Nehra, Murali Kartik, Mianish Pandey, Rahul Sharma are some of the best limited overs specialists in the country and in addition they have Dada, Manhas, Jhunjunwala, B Kumar, Monish Mishra who are very good domestic players.. Sahara is still a very strong team..

  • satish619chandar on February 17, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : If you really want to see only international players, you can confine with international matches alone as many prefers.. The basic idea of the T20 leagues apart from money is to allow the exposure of the local players with international players and they can learn something from them.. We have already seen some of very good players emerging stronger by bonding in counties or in IPL too..

  • anshu.s on February 18, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I fully agree with @bruisers n with @satish619chandar , Sahara when it had decided to withdraw from IPL on auction day in there press release had mentioned that they had taken decided to sponsor the Indian as they din't want any foregin company to do the same, they also went to great details to mentio all the plans they had for the betterment of Indian youth in villages n small towns.Now the same Sahara thinks 7 Indian players are not good enough for them n want the 5th foregin player.They made a huge song n dance about retention clause as if they had bought those players on auction they would have won the IPL,really if that was the case Rajasthan Royals would have never won an IPL in first place,i think they wanted those retained players not for playing purposes but for the marketing pull n there brand value !! in truth they have some realy good Indian players in there mix,however if i was an young Indian player in the team i will feel devalued ...

  • Mr.Shrek on February 17, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    NO !!!!! not the circus again

  • Nampally on February 17, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @Bruisers: Yuvraj's is not an injury - unforeseen rare form of cancer.He may not return to the team again. So reimbursement of his Fee is fully justified. As regards to the 5th foreign professional, I agree with your comment, albeit Mumbai were given undue advantage last year. Their so-called injured player (I think, Yadev) played in the XI. 7 Indians + 4 foreign players is a good mix. Sahara made a huge blunder by paying an exhorbitant entry fee of $370 Million, which might exceed the entry fee of all other franchises put together. Now they are in a damage control mode, I think. 27% fee retrieval for games not played + extra 5th player. I don't know if Sahara withdraws Pune from IPL, whether they would get back their $370 Million. If they do, I would have tried that avenue first. Then re-enter Pune Warriors for a fee in the range of <$50 Million. Someone in Sahara goofed up royally& has been asked to make amends. It is "crazy" to pay $370 Million entry Fee!!

  • on February 17, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    GREAT they are getting along. All the best. Cricket is the winner.

  • Sakthiivel on February 17, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Well done Roy and Sahara. You have made wonderful drama telling people of India that Sahara going spend money on social works and now you show the real color. Why should u make ppl as jokers

  • on February 17, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    its good that pune is back...all the best 2 pune team

  • class9ryan on February 17, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Pune is a strong side even without Yuvi. I think d franchise should have faith in their players. a important fact is that Yuvraj isn't present but Angelo Matthews will b present this year who missed d previous I P L due to injury.....

  • Arun0010 on February 17, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    good to see that issue has been resolved :)

  • satish619chandar on February 17, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Sahara can't play in ONE IPL without Yuvi whom they claim to be the marquee player and that too after playing with him for only one year.. But they still expect other teams to leave all their best players and come to full auction? Really felt very onesided that argument.. I find no sense in the FULL auction especially the franchises spend more money and time to develop a time and select a captain and groom a team under him.. I feel there is no need for any auction from now.. The teams can just have a transfer window from now.. It is unnecessary to have another auction from fresh.. How about the money and time spent by Pune for the two years? Are they not satisfied with this team they are having right now? Uthappa, Nehra, Murali Kartik, Mianish Pandey, Rahul Sharma are some of the best limited overs specialists in the country and in addition they have Dada, Manhas, Jhunjunwala, B Kumar, Monish Mishra who are very good domestic players.. Sahara is still a very strong team..

  • satish619chandar on February 17, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs : If you really want to see only international players, you can confine with international matches alone as many prefers.. The basic idea of the T20 leagues apart from money is to allow the exposure of the local players with international players and they can learn something from them.. We have already seen some of very good players emerging stronger by bonding in counties or in IPL too..

  • Bruisers on February 16, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    @Nampally - The IPL is not responsible for any injuries.. Even Mumbai Indians lost Tendulkar during the first season but Mumbai continued to play without him.. Pune had the option of buying players in the auction but they chose not to participate in the auction itself.. Nothing IPL can do about that. There is no reason why IPL should grant them the extra bidding amount.. Why should they be given the 5th overseas player when they have about 20 Indian players in their squad?? Mumbai had only about 6-7 fit Indian players during CLT20 and therefore they were allowed to field 5 foreigners.. Pune also demand for fresh MEGA-AUCTION in 2013 which is simply unacceptable..

  • Nampally on February 16, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    @Bruisers: Pune Warriors were badly done to by BCCI/IPL. Firstly they were grossly over charged with $370 Million entry Fee (over 400% higher than others) with a guarantee of 94 games - got only 74! Not reimbursed for fewer games. Then Yuvraj Singh fell ill due to cancer. His Fee of over $1.6 Million was not settled by IPL. So Pune could not take part in the Yuvraj replacement bidding. To be fair to Sahara, they were denied fair play in the name of rules created by BCCI/IPL,to suit their own convinience. IPL talk about uniformity of rules but neglect gross violation of rules by Chennai & Mumbai.Mumbai was allowed 5 professionals despite their claims of injuries to local players was incorrect. Mr. Srinivasan the Chennai owner was also BCCI secretary - which was not permitted by IPL conflict of interest rules. IPL retrofitting revisions to their own rules to justify these violations. For goodness sake, let all teams & owners have a fair crack at the whip. Its BCCI/IPL who is unfair.

  • donda on February 16, 2012, 21:56 GMT

    It's all about money and money won again. Sahara has lot of money and BCCI need that money, they will bend the rules as much possible to accommodate Sahara.

    I believe that Sahara after 10 years of sponsorship deserve this special treatment.

    Good to see Sahara team back in IPL because it's all entertainment in the end with more matches and better competition.

    Sahara is also right when asking for open auction for next year. Change is always good for refreshment.

  • on February 16, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    It's good that Pune is back in but i still feel sad for Kochi though i may be a Super King i still think each state should have a team.

  • on February 16, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    then y not kochi tuskers, let them in with 6 foreign players

  • Bruisers on February 16, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Take a look at this side and decide whether they really need an extra overseas player.. 1) Pandey 2) Ryder 3) Ganguly 4) Manhas 5) Uthappa 6) M.Mishra / Jhunjhunwala 7) Mathews 8) M.Kartik 9) Rahul Sharma 10) Parnell 11) A.Thomas.. If they need an overseas middle-order batsman, they can bring Ferguson in and replace one of the fast bowlers with Nehra....

  • Bruisers on February 16, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Asking for a 5th foreigner is a disgrace in itself.. More so because Sahara is the sponsor of TEAM INDIA, and they have also named their team as Pune Warriors 'India'.. They have so much depth in local talent that they could even win the tournament without the 5th foreign player.. They have been given an extended trading period and an option of choosing unsold auction players, yet they are not satisfied.....

  • mukundh1 on February 16, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    I showered praises on Mr. Subrata Roy when he promised to invest the sponsorship amount in developing sports infrastructure and in other sports that desperately needed support. In less than a week, he has taken back his decision! Nice publicity stunt!

  • johnathonjosephs on February 16, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    BPL is more exciting than the IPL. Why? Because there are 5 international players per team instead of 4. If lali modi increases that to 5 or 6 for the IPL, the IPL will be unstoppable

  • kiran9563 on February 16, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    IPL is a good thing for players and lots of money and entertainment and everything, but players that perform well in IPL should be given more chances in the indian team under rotation policy. It should benefit the nation not only financially but also help make the indian team stronger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 16, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    its like an old friends fight and patch up :-] any way gud to hear tht so we can see some action frm indian boys rahul sharma and manish pandey and aussies like tim paine and callum fergusson .

  • on February 16, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    i dont think BCCI doing right they have to think before auction only know it is not the right time to listen pune shara warriors, they have to listen them but it is not the right time do justice in presence of other teams it's totally stupid decision.

  • SantoshGhirnikar on February 16, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Who cares if Pune plays or doesn't play. They just don't have the fire power to win. I was hoping they would be booted out as the IPL could do with fewer teams and more quality players.

  • gorsi on February 16, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Heading shud be "Sahara to be BCCI's Valentine for another year"

  • on February 16, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    This is the victory of Sahara and Pune. BCCI should not exercised its power in the ICC what they are doing over the years.

  • on February 16, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Who is new indian player for Yuvraj Singh .Pune wants Ranvindra jadeja but he is now for Chennai Super King .

    Hope for Best Player

  • on February 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Wow. Thats great to hear! Good BCCI put aside its cheap ego and allowed demands of Pune Warriors. Waiting to see Dada on the field. Good luck Pune! :)

  • dhoni_sachin_fan on February 16, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Such an obvious outcome. BCCI would do anything with their money power. I fail to understand however as to why other IPL teams would agree for pune to have more than 4 overseas players. If you don't have enough Indian players, sign up uncapped players. It was nobody's fault except their own than Pune missed the auction

  • Naren on February 16, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    I wish Sahara broke up, so we will have less IPL matches and a blow to the IPL.

  • indianzen on February 16, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    sigh... i was thinking that it would break the news from inside... but good administration Mr Srinivasan, As a head of Managers he is doing everything right...

  • Hassan.Farooqi on February 16, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    As the Indian proverb says, "Sare ko sawwa sare" (One seer meet 1.25 seer). It is said when a bully meets a bigger bully. BCCI bullied into submission, from ICL to ICC. It now submits to Sahara. lol.

  • on February 16, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Sahara Welldone.. Bravo decision

  • Umair_umair on February 16, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    That had to happen. everytime soem team is banned, pushed out or pulls out of IPL; It comes back. everyone just use these tactics to bargain. Cheers to All. Win-Win

  • ARIF3011 on February 16, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Money is POWER!!! There is someone there who even can bring BCCI on knees. Well done Sahara! Yuvraj episode is sad one, so BCCI should have given consideration to it in first place without bringing in so much controversy. But there is no ailment to high-headedness. Spear for spear - Sahara used the language that BCCI understands - The Money Speaks. Good thing was that it all ended well.

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    i hope they get the chance to buy the unsold players from the auction !!

  • Sooraj_Sudhakaran on February 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    The after effect of Valentines Day ... :) ;)

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    What about auction,pune lost players

  • SasiGladi on February 16, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Pune has only six Indian players (exc yuvi) who played in higher levels in which more than half of them were retired and non regulars, no one left in the pool to pick too, though they have good foreign players it will be diff for them to form balanced the team..let see how they are going to resolve the problem...

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    So,things getting back on track .

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    They didn't get any player from the new auction.. they are the weaker team now in IPL, best of luck..

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    .Good bt new dress yrrr . .

  • guptahitesh4u on February 16, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    So all the drama is over now

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  • guptahitesh4u on February 16, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    So all the drama is over now

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    .Good bt new dress yrrr . .

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    They didn't get any player from the new auction.. they are the weaker team now in IPL, best of luck..

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    So,things getting back on track .

  • SasiGladi on February 16, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Pune has only six Indian players (exc yuvi) who played in higher levels in which more than half of them were retired and non regulars, no one left in the pool to pick too, though they have good foreign players it will be diff for them to form balanced the team..let see how they are going to resolve the problem...

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    What about auction,pune lost players

  • Sooraj_Sudhakaran on February 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    The after effect of Valentines Day ... :) ;)

  • on February 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    i hope they get the chance to buy the unsold players from the auction !!

  • ARIF3011 on February 16, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Money is POWER!!! There is someone there who even can bring BCCI on knees. Well done Sahara! Yuvraj episode is sad one, so BCCI should have given consideration to it in first place without bringing in so much controversy. But there is no ailment to high-headedness. Spear for spear - Sahara used the language that BCCI understands - The Money Speaks. Good thing was that it all ended well.

  • Umair_umair on February 16, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    That had to happen. everytime soem team is banned, pushed out or pulls out of IPL; It comes back. everyone just use these tactics to bargain. Cheers to All. Win-Win