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Deccan Chargers terminated from IPL

Nagraj Gollapudi

October 12, 2012

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Dale Steyn was in red-hot form, Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Hyderabad, May 20, 2012
Deccan Chargers' rollercoaster ride comes to an end © Associated Press

The Deccan Chargers franchise is one formal step away from losing its IPL status with its owners failing to produce, within the Friday evening deadline, the Rs 100-crore ($19 million) bank guarantee the Bombay High Court had set as the condition for the team's survival in the league. The failure to produce the bank guarantee meant that the court's status quo on the franchise's termination was automatically lifted, which leaves the BCCI free to invite bidders for a new franchise.

There are, however, two lifelines for the Chargers; one is if the court-appointed arbitrator, CK Thakkar, rules that the BCCI's grounds of termination were improper. It is believed that Chargers' counsel have already approached Thakkar. The other alternative is to challenge the High Court order in the Supreme Court.

For the moment, though, Friday's events bring the curtains down on Chargers' rollercoaster existence in the IPL, which they won in 2009 after finishing last the previous season. Their subsequent performances were patchy - they finished fourth, seventh and eighth in the last three seasons. The last few months have been overshadowed by the owners' financial problems, which had led to the attempted sale of the franchise and finally its dissolution.

It is understood that DCHL sought a three-day extension of the Friday 5 pm deadline to furnish the guarantee but the court turned it down. DCHL's lawyers are also believed to have told the court that it was trying to "negotiate" selling the franchise to a private bidder.

It is not yet clear what will happen to the playing and support staff. Chargers were led last season by Kumar Sangakkara and coached by the former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann. The other notable overseas players include Dale Steyn, Cameron White and JP Duminy.

The development will, however, come as a shot in the arm for the BCCI, which is keen on a new franchise. At its marketing sub-committee meeting on September 13, a day after the Chargers' expulsion, the board had decided on a short-list of nine cities - not including Hyderabad - for the new franchise. But those plans had to be put on hold once DCHL went to court.

The BCCI had terminated Chargers' IPL contract on September 14 after what it called a "sudden change of stance by the franchise" regarding its commitments and the board's belief that any further extension of time to the franchise owners would "seriously prejudice the interests of the players."

The matter then went to court where on October 1, while delivering his final judgement in the case, Justice S J Kathawala had asked DCHL to comply with various undertakings in order for the franchise to return to the IPL fold. The conditions included clearing the player dues and other liabilities for the fifth season of the IPL, and also the bank guarantee, only from a nationalised bank.

On Tuesday, DCHL sought a three-day extension to provide the guarantee, and was given till 5 pm on Friday.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (October 14, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Is there any chance for Ahmedabad to get an IPL team?

Posted by anshu.s on (October 13, 2012, 20:55 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,IPL is a great platform for those domestic cricketers who never get a chance to play for country,why grudge there moment under the sun.lets enjoy cricket weather it's team India or KKR !!!!!!!!

Posted by baghels.a on (October 13, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Some people pontificate over there keyboards sitting in comforts of there air-conditioned homes and offices.These online warriors have no connect with the common fan who sat and watched IPL match at 4 pm in afternoon in 45 degree plus heat packing the stadiums to the maximum.Some of you self appointed custodians of test cricket have no qualms supporting Barcelona's and Man u's of the world but are inimical to club system in cricket. As an Indian cricketfan my support is not only limited to those elite 15 playing for Team India but to all India A, u-19,cricketers playing in IPL,Ranji teams in all formats.Cricket community is a small place as it is ,so please quit the hating and love all three formats of the game.

Posted by nyroot on (October 13, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

DC Management lacked Cricketing experience right from IPL Season 1. They spent allot buying high profile foreign players - knowingly they can only play 4 players. For example, one season they bought Kemar Roach for $1.1 Million and in that season Roach played only one game !! On top of that they did not win a single match in Hyderabad till IPL Season4. The end of the team was obvious !!

Posted by AMRules on (October 13, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

We will miss you DC...I loved watching DC while Gilly captained. Since then all matches were dead-rubber for DC. Love to see DC comes back again :)

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

BCCI should not ban Hyderabad the City from franchise city...owner may change but not the hosting venue that would be very disappointing to whole AP. I wish who ever is purchasing the team they should ask to host home matches in Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam. Vizag stadium is the best stadium in india to host t20 matches a lovely scenic and sporting ground :) Cricinfo plz publish...

Posted by mamboman on (October 13, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

20/20 just gets more and more ridiculous and less credible with each passing day!

Posted by fab4_india on (October 13, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

I guess Bangalore gonaa b next...read yesterday that a Non Bailable Warrant has been issued to Mr. Vijay Mallya (Owner of RCB) in BOUNCED CHEQUE CASE. The cheque was worth Rs. 10.5 Crores + Kingfisher Airlines is all messed up and United Breweries is also in bit of trouble. So i guess RCB gonna hit by the financial crisis of owner

Posted by grizzle on (October 13, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

George Collyer and Kavindeven: LOL! My thoughts exactly! :)

Posted by Vijay51982 on (October 13, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

@Jagadish Kumar - Well said dude. CSK is our neighbor and also an strong team in the IPL. So we should support them with full heart. Common CSK whole AP will support you.... All the very best for your CLT20

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