IPL news September 15, 2012

Deccan Chargers move court over termination

ESPNcricinfo staff

The fate of the IPL's Deccan Chargers franchise, which was terminated on Friday, is up in the air with the matter now in court and the BCCI saying it will wait for a ruling before deciding on floating a tender for a new franchise. The team's owners challenged their expulsion from the IPL through a petition in the Bombay High Court, which will hear the matter on Monday.

Though there was no official word from the Chargers, there was a rumour that the court had stayed the termination, prompting the BCCI to issue a brief statement: "The court heard both parties, and did not pass any order staying the termination. The matter has been placed for hearing on Monday."

Though the development has inhibited the board's next course of action, it is understood that an alternative plan to get a new franchise has already been put in place by the board's marketing committee, which met in Chennai on Saturday morning.

"The matter is in court and sub judice. Everything is dependent on the court order. We cannot as yet finalise anything with regard to our future course of action," a BCCI working committee official said.

Another board official said Chargers were definitely not returning. "They are out. They are no longer in the IPL." Asked whether plans were afoot to float a tender for a new franchise, the official said: "The BCCI is going ahead with a new tender for the ninth team. But that team will not be based in Hyderabad."

Though nothing has been finalised, officials said the board was thinking of having as many as nine cities on the shortlist, including Kanpur, Ahmedabad and Indore.

Officials said the players who represented Chargers in IPL 5 would be paid their dues by the board: "The BCCI will take care of them." But there was no clarity yet over what would happen to the players if a new franchise came into existence. That decision, officials said, would be taken at a later stage.

The decision to scrap the contract of the Hyderabad-based franchise was taken late on Friday evening after the board called for an emergency IPL governing council meeting. Last month, taking stock of the financial troubles that Deccan Chargers Holdings Limited (DCHL), the franchise owners, had got themselves enmeshed in, the BCCI working committee set a deadline of a month for the company to settle all its issues. The deadline expired at 5pm on September 15.

However, the Chargers, who had put the franchise on sale but rejected the sole bid received on Thursday, sent the BCCI a "lawyers notice" saying even if DCHL might have committed any "breaches" of the IPL contract, the BCCI should allow more time to settle its disputes.

"By this, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd has clearly admitted its inability to cure its breaches within the time stipulated in the BCCI notice, despite every bit of assistance from the BCCI," a board release, issued late on Friday, said. "Since the month of May, BCCI has received repeated assurances that the overdue player fees would be paid; all of these promises have been unfulfilled.

"Considering the stated position of the Deccan franchise to refuse to rectify the various defaults, including payments to players, foreign boards etc, as also the deleterious effect such conduct would have on the reputation of the IPL and the franchise itself, a decision was taken to forthwith terminate the Deccan Chargers franchise."

18:18 GMT, September 15: The article has been updated

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  • Mohan on September 17, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @ satish619chandar 100% agreed. This is how IPL should be played

  • Satish on September 17, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    DC are running a bad show. They are already not in shape to continue the franchise. they tried the max and got a not affordable bid to reject it. BCCI helped a sinking boat of DC to the max. What else can BCCI do? They need to show to run and they did their max to help DC and now to continue their ship to be active, they are moving on.Is DC expecting BCCI to die with them? Funny... Scrap everything and make it a 8 team tournament with new auction next year making it a level field. 8 teams is enough. No further auctions for the players and only transfer windows. If franchises couldn't run the show, sell the team with BCCI's help and go away without occupying the empty space.

  • Nik on September 17, 2012, 1:57 GMT

    rite @Srikee1987 seriously look how raina and rohit sharma plays in test or 50over format jeez this tournament is ok but not every yr if u wana play every yr play less matches. money is getting in players head not technique

  • Shiv on September 16, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    @bhagels.a - I agree with ur point that IPL is here for good and also like the way u put ur comment, its very funny. But i think u r underestimating the audience here. Im sure there a lot of guyz here, living in a global-village do follow many sports from basketball, baseball, football, soccer to PPV sports like boxing where Martinez knocked the hell out of the arrogant Chevez last night. Well the list can go on, but the point is when it comes to IPL, people are expecting miracles by comparing it to current trendsetters forgetting the fact that IPL is just 5 years old. It still needs time to establish itself.

  • jayaesh on September 16, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    I don't get some of my fellow Indians, do you know/ watch any other sports? EVERYTHING is clubs/franchises based in every single sport, and international play is held in special tournaments to make the games more meaningful! Why are you all so determined to go against the tide, is it cause you don't know any better? Afraid of change?, most of these people have never seen any sports in life except olympic games,most of them are either middle aged or NRI'S who have become overpatrotic after leaving the country for dollars and euros.Newsflash IPL still gets better ratings than most Indian test matches and some meaningless odi's and gets bums on seats even in scorching Indian summer heat,lets enjoy cricket weather it's team India or KKR !!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    I feel bad for Hyderabad..... but i think its enuff and now Ahmedabad shud b given a chance t b a part of IPL as they missed out last time as well to Kochi.

  • Srikanth on September 16, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    I want the whole IPL to be vanished as it is best for cricket. If vanishing is not possible, then atleast tournament shd be reduced by the duration and no of matches.

  • Sanjiv on September 15, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    DC have bad business men and good litigators at helm. Which company does not pay their employees and expect them to work?

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I agree that DC's owners failed, on many counts. But, I do have a question. Would BCCI have handled the issue differently, if it was CSK or MI was in the same situation? I wonder! Hope, I am wrong.

  • amit on September 15, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    As far i think non of this franchise is making ( may be except 1 or 2 ) . why don't BCCI try to workout deal with this owners .. terminating franchise every year it's not solve any thing . it's look like local player and foreign players are only one that making money and BCCI of course. may be thye should shut this IPL once for ever and just play for there own country

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