India news February 6, 2012

BCCI extends hand, Sahara plans a date

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The dispute between the BCCI and Sahara India appears to be reaching a resolution with senior officials of the Indian board saying it was open to dialogue with one of its oldest business partners and Sahara's owner indicating that there would be talks by the weekend. ESPNcricinfo understands a meeting between the principals will take place in Mumbai after February 9.

The simmering dispute came to a head on Saturday when Sahara announced its decision to pull out of its sponsorship of the Indian team and ownership of the Pune Warriors IPL franchise. The announcement, made an hour before the start of the annual IPL auction in Bangalore and shortly after Sahara's representatives had left the city, caught IPL and BCCI officials by surprise.

It also sparked concern among Indian cricket's stakeholders and on Monday N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, made the first conciliatory gesture. "We will reach out to Sahara and we will contact them to find out what the issues are," he told Times Now, an Indian news channel. "The BCCI is open to dialogue, we recognise the long relationship we have had with Sahara, we have no problems facing this… we had an excellent relationship with Sahara for the last 12 years."

A few hours later, Sahara chairman Subrata Roy told the same channel that a meeting was being planned between the sponsors and the BCCI for February 12. He also said he'd been in talks with with IPL governing council Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke. "I would like to believe both of them [Shukla and Roy] would have spoken about a date but we hope to have some exchange of calls tomorrow [Tuesday]," a Sahara official told ESPNcricinfo.

Roy said there had been a "chain of displeasures" between the sponsors and the BCCI over the last few years and that, he did not know what would come out of the meeting but, "I and my team will sit with open and talk with open mind." He said that his two most important priorities in the discussion were going to be, "that my players play in this season and that secondly, there should be matches in Pune…" Sahara are known to have signed a deal worth Rs 207 crore with the Maharashtra Cricket Association for the naming rights of their new stadium outside Pune.

When asked whether sorting out IPL disagreements would lead to a resumption of the Indian team sponsorship, Roy said he did not think the BCCI would have any difficulty in finding a new sponsor. Sahara, he added, had allocated funds to "social causes." "We are committed to huge social work, now we can't come back from that. Cricket has become very rich in India and they are many good people enthusiastic about supporting the Indian team, this sponsorship will be taken care of by some big company."

Roy's statements masked the sense of dismay among his colleagues that the BCCI did not go the extra bit to prevent Sahara from walking out - in particular, not postponing the auction. Sources in Sahara say the BCCI top brass was well aware of Sahara's impending decision and had in fact received an ultimatum on Friday evening. "Sahara had given a cut off time of 9 am on Saturday, asking the BCCI to accept some of their requests. But no one responded to that," a Sahara source told ESPNcricinfo.

"The auction was starting at 11 am. Being aware of the situation and that Sahara were going to leave after 9 am, at least they could have called the Sahara people to see if they could sit and re-negotiate," the source said. "It is question of the IPL as a tournament. Pune Warriors is only one of the franchises. Why could they not try one more time?"

Srinivasan, who appeared on several television news programmes in a rare effort at PR, seemed to address that sense of hurt by stressing on the BCCI's willingness to negotiate with Sahara. "We can't prejudge what issues will be discussed when BCCI and Sahara meet, but we recognise the relationship with them and are sure of sorting out the issue. They might have felt aggrieved and did not get what they wanted from the IPL."

Asked if he was sending out a message of reconciliation, Srinivasan said, "Personally, yes. I am open to dialogue and BCCI is open to dialogue. We recognise there were grievances on their part but there was no reason to break suddenly."

One point of dispute was around Yuvraj Singh, who is currently being treated for cancer and is not expected to play this season. Sahara had wanted his $1.8 million salary added to the Pune Warriors' purse in the auction held in Bangalore, a request it said was denied by the BCCI. Asked about this, Srinivasan said, "Decisions related to IPL are taken by the Governing Council. The auction is over now. We can't pre-judge what the BCCI and Sahara will discuss. There should be an element of secrecy in that. We should sit down and see how things can be sorted out."

Srinivasan, who was not in Bangalore for the auction, said Sahara's decision had taken him by surprise . "I was surprised when I came to know (about Sahara ending sponsorship). There was a brief conversation the night before the auction. He (Subrata Roy, the Sahara chief) said he was hurt. It was a bit late in the evening and I did not expect they would pull out the next morning.

"It has been an up and down relationship but I hope most of the issues will be resolved when we meet. There is an opportunity to sit across the table with Sahara. All issues will be discussed but it will be premature to speak about the issues now."

Earlier in the day Rajiv Shukla, a BCCI vice-president and the IPL chairman, spoke on a similar theme. "We are open to discussions, open for dialogue because they have been our partner for 11 years. We don't want anything to be decided in haste. So far they [Sahara Pune Warriors] are still an IPL franchise, unless we get anything in writing from them. We are extremely positive."

Any rapprochement will most benefit the franchise, though it has already lost out on the auction process. "Most of the players we wanted in the auction are gone, but we still have one of the best sides in the tournament," a franchise official said. "We would have liked a [Ravindra] Jadeja or a [Brendon] McCullum but one player is not going to win you a tournament."

"We wanted a change in regulations before the auction. Now even if they do it the only option we have is to avail of replacement players." The key, though, as Roy repeatedly said, is that the Warriors should play and that the IPL should return to Pune.

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  • unregisteredalien on February 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Gotta say, I agree with the (apparently unpopular) views of @cricindia4life, except for point 2 which does seem like a reasonable complaint to me.

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Only after Srini came to fore this high hand attitude prevails. let BCCI not forget what a stupendous service Sahara has extended so far. It is unbelievable that BCCI was not aware of the developments earlier then friday and the dead line till 9am on sunday.If they still say then they are thoroughly incompetent in their PRO etc.So sack the chaps and reconcile with all logical supports.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I don't think that N. Srinivasan is the right man to head BCCI. He owns Chennai Super Kings, is BCCI President & is going to hold a major position in ICC pretty soon because of strong BCCI cloud. I read an article by Lalit Modi who is not a saint either but i am of the same opinion what he said about Srinivasan. There have been too many instances where a conflict of interest arose & CSK always benefited from that. There are numerous issues/cases against BCCI & even more against Srinivasan where they/he tried to extend favours to some people/franchisee at the cost of others. One wonder how could CSK managed to retain almost the same team (except Murli) last year & also managed to get Jadeja this year. Every single franchisee was after Jadeja & see who got him....Mr. Srinivasan's CSK. I would seriously want Indian govt. to dissolve BCCI & set up a new board with ex-players managing the same.

  • bolthaa on February 7, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @12thman.. Your name 12th man says you will always be out of playing eleven. It is not about an individual cricket body. It is about MONEY. If BCCI continues to earn more than 70% of the money for ICC, then even if BCCI asks ECB and australian board officials to dance nude, they WILL do it because everybody needs MONEY. It is a sad story. Only way is in the hands of fans and not in the hands of bodies. If everybody boycots cricket then this situation WILL arise.. If the playing eleven gets injured (loses money) then then 12th man gets a game.. Grow up... I am not sure if cric info will publish my comment but I hope so...

  • Captain_Crick on February 7, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Sahara would lose their credibility in the market to some extent by partnering BCCI again as they had made press statements against BCCI that they've had enough with BCCI's high-handedness and one sided business policy for the past 12 years. Also as a sponsor one would expect Sahara to question BCCI of India's recent overseas performances since it could affect their brand image. But looks like they've been kind! Nevertheless, BCCI would be the one to gain more from this partnership given India's recent performances overseas, reduction in TRP ratings (of IPL, Indian Matches recently), non-payment of salaries to players/staff, court settlement issues with 2 IPL teams and other issues faced. Sahara on the other hand could do a lot of good to its name by contributing to social welfare and other good measures as detailed in their recent press release.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Sahara ...plz dont get back to BCCI till they support UDRS in total and stop their one-upmanship to the rest of the boards

  • arun_gga on February 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Subroto Roy perhaps has perhaps pinched BCCI where it arouses them the most. I feel the fundamental reason is his distress of having spent all that money on Sourav and now realizing that it isn't going to pay. He is trying to dribble his way to justify that the mobney spent on Sourav was a waste and hence that money should be allowed to be re-spent. He perhaps realized it late that he was sweet talked intothe Sourav deal it by Sarkar. He was keen to show some solidarity towards Sourav - although he hasn't done anything notable for Bengal - where he was not born (born in Bihar, settled in UP) although being a Bongo santan. It would be foolish on the part of BCCI to crawl back to Sahara and lengthen the foreplay before climaxing to prove their surrender. I can only say that let each one play their cards 'well' and we will see some interesting 'game'. On Sahara's part, it is time they moved from cricket to football - which is closer to our hearts. His job in cricket is done.Ebar football.

  • crikbuff on February 7, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    BCCI runs on jugaad.... There is no hint of professionalism in its functioning. And it will be grt is Sahara pull otu of IPL. IPL is causing serious damage to cricket, and has to collapse!

  • gsupriyo on February 7, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    perfect decision taken by sahara... greed of money makes bcci blind...ramification of this issue will force the bcci to pay hard

  • Abhishek_Shaw on February 7, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Sahara is doing the right thing.

  • unregisteredalien on February 7, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Gotta say, I agree with the (apparently unpopular) views of @cricindia4life, except for point 2 which does seem like a reasonable complaint to me.

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Only after Srini came to fore this high hand attitude prevails. let BCCI not forget what a stupendous service Sahara has extended so far. It is unbelievable that BCCI was not aware of the developments earlier then friday and the dead line till 9am on sunday.If they still say then they are thoroughly incompetent in their PRO etc.So sack the chaps and reconcile with all logical supports.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I don't think that N. Srinivasan is the right man to head BCCI. He owns Chennai Super Kings, is BCCI President & is going to hold a major position in ICC pretty soon because of strong BCCI cloud. I read an article by Lalit Modi who is not a saint either but i am of the same opinion what he said about Srinivasan. There have been too many instances where a conflict of interest arose & CSK always benefited from that. There are numerous issues/cases against BCCI & even more against Srinivasan where they/he tried to extend favours to some people/franchisee at the cost of others. One wonder how could CSK managed to retain almost the same team (except Murli) last year & also managed to get Jadeja this year. Every single franchisee was after Jadeja & see who got him....Mr. Srinivasan's CSK. I would seriously want Indian govt. to dissolve BCCI & set up a new board with ex-players managing the same.

  • bolthaa on February 7, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @12thman.. Your name 12th man says you will always be out of playing eleven. It is not about an individual cricket body. It is about MONEY. If BCCI continues to earn more than 70% of the money for ICC, then even if BCCI asks ECB and australian board officials to dance nude, they WILL do it because everybody needs MONEY. It is a sad story. Only way is in the hands of fans and not in the hands of bodies. If everybody boycots cricket then this situation WILL arise.. If the playing eleven gets injured (loses money) then then 12th man gets a game.. Grow up... I am not sure if cric info will publish my comment but I hope so...

  • Captain_Crick on February 7, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Sahara would lose their credibility in the market to some extent by partnering BCCI again as they had made press statements against BCCI that they've had enough with BCCI's high-handedness and one sided business policy for the past 12 years. Also as a sponsor one would expect Sahara to question BCCI of India's recent overseas performances since it could affect their brand image. But looks like they've been kind! Nevertheless, BCCI would be the one to gain more from this partnership given India's recent performances overseas, reduction in TRP ratings (of IPL, Indian Matches recently), non-payment of salaries to players/staff, court settlement issues with 2 IPL teams and other issues faced. Sahara on the other hand could do a lot of good to its name by contributing to social welfare and other good measures as detailed in their recent press release.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    Sahara ...plz dont get back to BCCI till they support UDRS in total and stop their one-upmanship to the rest of the boards

  • arun_gga on February 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Subroto Roy perhaps has perhaps pinched BCCI where it arouses them the most. I feel the fundamental reason is his distress of having spent all that money on Sourav and now realizing that it isn't going to pay. He is trying to dribble his way to justify that the mobney spent on Sourav was a waste and hence that money should be allowed to be re-spent. He perhaps realized it late that he was sweet talked intothe Sourav deal it by Sarkar. He was keen to show some solidarity towards Sourav - although he hasn't done anything notable for Bengal - where he was not born (born in Bihar, settled in UP) although being a Bongo santan. It would be foolish on the part of BCCI to crawl back to Sahara and lengthen the foreplay before climaxing to prove their surrender. I can only say that let each one play their cards 'well' and we will see some interesting 'game'. On Sahara's part, it is time they moved from cricket to football - which is closer to our hearts. His job in cricket is done.Ebar football.

  • crikbuff on February 7, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    BCCI runs on jugaad.... There is no hint of professionalism in its functioning. And it will be grt is Sahara pull otu of IPL. IPL is causing serious damage to cricket, and has to collapse!

  • gsupriyo on February 7, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    perfect decision taken by sahara... greed of money makes bcci blind...ramification of this issue will force the bcci to pay hard

  • Abhishek_Shaw on February 7, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Sahara is doing the right thing.

  • vinu1984 on February 7, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    we cant imagine team india jersey SAHARA LOGO , royji has taken bold step for ending ties with BCCI

  • Nampally on February 7, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    @cricindia4life:You say everybody is happy that BCCI got slapped on the face!. WHY NOT? While Sahara raisedthe status of Cricket in India to unprecendental level, BCCI has done everything to pull the standard of Cricket down. A country of billion people cannot develop fast bowlersin 145 KPH range is disgraceful.Now with Fab.3 aging, India doesnot even have batting of world class level. No wonder the Indians got whitewashed twice each time 4-0, overseas.BCCI is onlyinterested in making money & not putting this money back into betterment of Cricket such as ( 1. Player development 2. Preparing practice pitches simulating the English & Australian Pitch conditions so that the team can practice in those conditions & put up a better show, to name 2 important items.Now after years of exploiting Sahara for all "free beez", Sahara says "Enough is Enough" & withdraws sponsorship!BCCI suddenly wakes up & is desperately trying to patch up. Cricket fans hope that Sahara teach BCCI a lesson In PR!.

  • RockyAnIndianFan on February 7, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    I think Sahara did the right thing. BCCI should learn what customer Satisfaction is. You can't run business just like that. last year they had issues with Rajastan Royals and Punjab Kings. This year they terminated Kochi and now Sahara. I think Sahara's point of view is correct. BCCI is just stuborn and are so extremely greedy for money that they forgot how to maintain relationship with their partnets. Even the Malya had issues with them. I think all sponsors shoul join hands together and teach BCCI a good leason which they never forget again.

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Gr8 .BCCI got a wonderful excuse of not finding a resolution for india's cricketing problems. They are busy with this issue as it is more graver.The issue might be graver but I hope there is no resolution and Sahara ends its ties permanently which might pull the tournament out as well

  • Kavum on February 6, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Nice braces worn by Mr Srinivasan.

  • SanjivAwesome on February 6, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    One weekend meeting won't fix BCCI's poor relationship management with them over the years. I find it unbelievable the incompetent depths at which the BCCI and its politicians operate.

  • 12thman on February 6, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    N. Srinivasan has this aura of being the Don of Indian cricket. He feels the BCCI is the mafia and he is The Godfather. A day will come when countries will boycott India and bring them to their knees. That day is not far away.

  • bala_sachin on February 6, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    stupid BCCI dies fo money not for cricket

    welldone SAHARA bend their necks to zero

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    For once .. Sahara had the kryptonite to stun the superman that BCCI believed they were. That said, while I appreciate the hardliner stance by Sahara, can't appreciate the childishness of media release instead of board-room meeting. Then again, that's cut from BCCI 'plan of action' cloth as well ..

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Hello, BCCI !! Whats the issue?? "$1.8 million salary added to the Pune Warriors' purse" If YUVI plays entair tournament then he should be paid, If he is not well, not able to step in for entair tournament.., then he is not going to get a single penny anyway. Now the resources which were alloted to Pune was last year quota. Now for this season fresh auction is going on, but SAHARA problem is that, they did not eliminated YUVI from the PUNE TEAM instead they retained him, when he is part of the PUNE team his alloted money is counted. But it is unfortunate, "retained person is injured" before starting the tournament, it is a business risk. That fund is not payable to player and it can not be converted to some other player aswell, because he(YUVI) is still part of the team. SAHARA POINT can take it personally but not IPL rules. If 1.8 million is blocked then PUNE has to depend on low class players, that is not good for the PUNE TEAM. BCCI alter rules, so blocked funds can be used.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    I am waiting for the day BCCI is thrown out of power. Arrogant!!!! They don't need external enemies!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Walk away from this mess Mr Roy and set up your own academy at grass root level. This would give Sahara( help) to new and up coming crickters.

  • pr3m on February 6, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    I completely agree with Atuljain1969. The BCCI acted all high and mighty, but probably forgot how important Sahara group was. Although it was a bit immature to get out of the Indian team sponsorship (akin to toys being thrown) they should've quit the IPL. Now we all know they're just gonna come back, and continue their partnership.

  • cricindia4life on February 6, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Everybody is all gaga over how BCCI got "slapped" in the face. But in my honest opinion, Sahara's behavior was not appropriate at all. 1. It's not fair for them to want extra money at the auction. Every franchise takes a risk of having their star players sustain injuries or illnesses. It's a business transaction and there's risk associated with it. You try to mitigate it by other means than asking for favors from the competitors. 2. Asking for a return on their purchase price because they played less games than promised - ridiculous behavior for a business. 3. Asking for an open auction when they stepped into the playing field - also childish behavior. You are late to the market, you have to live with the consequences. 4. As for their initial bid during IPL 1, we don't know why they didn't get it in the first place. For all we know, maybe BCCI was within its rights to not award Sahara a franchise then. 5. Warriors' staff was caught off-guard - at least let them know ahead of time.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Pune Warriors did the right thing. They can't afford to loose their Icon player and I was expecting that BCCI will offer a player of similar image to PW, i.e., Jadeja or Brendon or Jayawardhane.. I agree that giving 1.8 million extra bid is rubbish because then they had overhand in auction but what BCCI's ignorant member is slap on this game and hurtful to the fans, who are supporting IPL....

  • chapathishot on February 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    First the additional purse was against the interest of CSK.Second the dispute will be settled by allowing pune to play 5 foreign players ala MI last years

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I think Sahara did the right thing. BCCI should not be so rigid as they are always. Problem should be resolved as early as possible.

  • Nampally on February 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    To any neutral observer like Me, it is BCCI & IPL behaviour that sounds more deliquent than calling Sahara's decision "Unfortunate". You do not bite the hand that feeds you nor kill the golden goose that lays the eggs!. It has been a consistenly arrogant attitude of both BCCI & IPL that led to this point. To start with BCCI should immediately debit $1.8 Million of Yuvraj Singh Fee to Sahara. Even now Mr.Srinivasan is passing the buck to IPL instead of owning the wrong & correcting it!. BCCI have taken over Sahara for granted and treated them with very dismissive manner. That was the attitude over the 12 year relations. Sahara bore it patiently hoping the relations will improve until the last straw that broke the Camel's back came in form of joint BCCI/IPL snub prior to auction.All relations with sponsors should be courteous, formal & cordial.You do not take advantage of gentlemanliness of Mr.Roy repeatedly! After this break up the other sponsors will shudder to offer their help, Mr. S.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    At least there is one entity who when "SLAPS" the BCCI on its face, it hurts them where it should. Like the top politicians BCCI also thinks they are invincible & forget that the are actually servants to the people of India. Fall in line folks & your days of hegemony will get over soon.

  • atuljain1969 on February 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    In India, we act only when the worst happens, till that time we remain fearless. BCCI is no exception.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    N srinivasan is ruing indian cricket, how the hell one can be the president of BCCI and have his own franchise playing in the IPL, this is very unfair on everyother team on the board. utter missmanagment has been done of both national team and IPL. worst administarator after ijaj butt

  • correctcall on February 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Srinivasan may be able to have a dialogue with Sahara about their sponsorship of Team India but surely given his CSK ownership, conflict of interest precludes him from dealing with the Pune issue. The same applies to any ICC decisions that impact on the relationship between Test cricket and IPL in relation to the Future Tours Programming. Srinivasan seems impervious to conflict of interest issues which are highlighted in the Wool report. Now that SRT and VVS are waning perhaps he will also accept that it is in India's interest to accept DRS quickly given the number of LBWs awarded in the Pak/Eng series on low bouncing pitches. With India at home for the next two years he will be missing real advantage without DRS.

  • subnys on February 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    If not cricket, at least after eleven years, Sahara have learnt the importance of timing. The timing of withdrawal was at its best, if I can say that. Irrespective of which party was right in its stand, the BCCI always gave the impression that they were the one to call the shots, whether it be a player, a franchisee or a bigger body like ICC. Now with a reconciliation stand, one gets the impression that finally someone has belled the cat! BCCI had to reconcile as bringing a new sponsor for India will require a lot of seduction on the part of BCCI.

  • Third_Gear on February 6, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    SAHARA should remain stick to their decision, it will be foolish to negotiate any new tie with BBCI, let them find their way to earn some respect for others.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    BCCI are absolutely illtreating the SAHARA .... it wil really frustrate the SAHARA bcoz mumbai had the chance to play 5 foreigners last league but for sahara it was not allowed this time... also they asked for JADEJA as YUVI S replacement ,BCCI said 'no'.... even they were not allowed to use the complete 2million dollars for bidding this time...... BCCI has no sympathy for SAHARA even after around 12 yrs of sponsership for the INDIAN CRICKET :( really feeling for SAHARA :(

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  • on February 6, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    BCCI are absolutely illtreating the SAHARA .... it wil really frustrate the SAHARA bcoz mumbai had the chance to play 5 foreigners last league but for sahara it was not allowed this time... also they asked for JADEJA as YUVI S replacement ,BCCI said 'no'.... even they were not allowed to use the complete 2million dollars for bidding this time...... BCCI has no sympathy for SAHARA even after around 12 yrs of sponsership for the INDIAN CRICKET :( really feeling for SAHARA :(

  • Third_Gear on February 6, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    SAHARA should remain stick to their decision, it will be foolish to negotiate any new tie with BBCI, let them find their way to earn some respect for others.

  • subnys on February 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    If not cricket, at least after eleven years, Sahara have learnt the importance of timing. The timing of withdrawal was at its best, if I can say that. Irrespective of which party was right in its stand, the BCCI always gave the impression that they were the one to call the shots, whether it be a player, a franchisee or a bigger body like ICC. Now with a reconciliation stand, one gets the impression that finally someone has belled the cat! BCCI had to reconcile as bringing a new sponsor for India will require a lot of seduction on the part of BCCI.

  • correctcall on February 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Srinivasan may be able to have a dialogue with Sahara about their sponsorship of Team India but surely given his CSK ownership, conflict of interest precludes him from dealing with the Pune issue. The same applies to any ICC decisions that impact on the relationship between Test cricket and IPL in relation to the Future Tours Programming. Srinivasan seems impervious to conflict of interest issues which are highlighted in the Wool report. Now that SRT and VVS are waning perhaps he will also accept that it is in India's interest to accept DRS quickly given the number of LBWs awarded in the Pak/Eng series on low bouncing pitches. With India at home for the next two years he will be missing real advantage without DRS.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    N srinivasan is ruing indian cricket, how the hell one can be the president of BCCI and have his own franchise playing in the IPL, this is very unfair on everyother team on the board. utter missmanagment has been done of both national team and IPL. worst administarator after ijaj butt

  • atuljain1969 on February 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    In India, we act only when the worst happens, till that time we remain fearless. BCCI is no exception.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    At least there is one entity who when "SLAPS" the BCCI on its face, it hurts them where it should. Like the top politicians BCCI also thinks they are invincible & forget that the are actually servants to the people of India. Fall in line folks & your days of hegemony will get over soon.

  • Nampally on February 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    To any neutral observer like Me, it is BCCI & IPL behaviour that sounds more deliquent than calling Sahara's decision "Unfortunate". You do not bite the hand that feeds you nor kill the golden goose that lays the eggs!. It has been a consistenly arrogant attitude of both BCCI & IPL that led to this point. To start with BCCI should immediately debit $1.8 Million of Yuvraj Singh Fee to Sahara. Even now Mr.Srinivasan is passing the buck to IPL instead of owning the wrong & correcting it!. BCCI have taken over Sahara for granted and treated them with very dismissive manner. That was the attitude over the 12 year relations. Sahara bore it patiently hoping the relations will improve until the last straw that broke the Camel's back came in form of joint BCCI/IPL snub prior to auction.All relations with sponsors should be courteous, formal & cordial.You do not take advantage of gentlemanliness of Mr.Roy repeatedly! After this break up the other sponsors will shudder to offer their help, Mr. S.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    I think Sahara did the right thing. BCCI should not be so rigid as they are always. Problem should be resolved as early as possible.

  • chapathishot on February 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    First the additional purse was against the interest of CSK.Second the dispute will be settled by allowing pune to play 5 foreign players ala MI last years