The IPL Mess December 5, 2010

Kochi franchise cleared to play in the IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The Kochi franchise's new ownership pattern has passed scrutiny and the team will feature in the fourth edition of the IPL, which begins on April 8. After receiving the new ownership pattern from the Kochi consortium last Sunday, the IPL had deferred the final decision by a week. Today, after a two-hour long meeting that was attended by some of the Kochi owners, the IPL said it was satisfied with the submissions and assurances from the consortium.

"The IPL governing council confirmed that the Kochi franchisee had satisfactorily responded to the notice issued to them by the BCCI, and decided that the franchisee Kochi Cricket Pvt Ltd, would play in the IPL from 2011 onwards," the BCCI said in a release after the meeting.

The decision means that the IPL in 2011 will have at least eight teams, while uncertainty continues over the fate of the two franchises that were terminated - Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. An arbitrator has since passed a stay order on Rajasthan's termination while the hearing of Punjab's appeal was stalled because the same arbitrator stepped down citing a conflict of interest.

"For the moment the IPL will have eight teams, until the courts decide on Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, which have entered into legal battles with the BCCI after they were terminated," an IPL official told ESPNcricinfo.

It was the fourth time the governing council was meeting to discuss whether to retain the faction-ridden Kochi franchise, which suffered from disputes right from its inception because of a tussle for ownership between the promoters and the investors. Annoyed and dissatisfied by the franchise's inability to sort out the internal problems, the IPL served a termination notice to Kochi on October 27, giving it a 30-day deadline to respond and explain why it should not be scrapped. The franchise was given two extensions before it finally submitted its restructured ownership pattern on November 28.

The investors in the Kochi consortium include corporate firms Anchor Earth, Parinee Developers, Anand Shyam Estates and Film Wave - which held 74% of the equity according to the original shareholding structure when they won the bid. The remaining 26% had been given to the family of Gaikwads - Shailendra, his brother Ravi and their parents plus a few others, all part of Rendezvous Sports - as free equity for services rendered in successfully bidding for the franchise.

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  • AJITHKS on December 10, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    kochi deserve it.. if any1 thougt that IPL is a "South Indian League", jst bcz d quality of d players and states.... bt 1 thing i must say.. no need 2 allow 2 teams 2 a single state.. ahmedabad losing the bid bcoz of this reasn......

  • on December 8, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    ahamadabad dosenot deserve a place in ipl beseause kerala have more cricket lovers and more talent

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @Amith Kumar: Best IPL will be season-4, with Mumbai Indians winning it..

  • rkhalil on December 6, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Conrats to Sreesanth for Kochi team........

  • unkith on December 6, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    This is all one huge publicity stunt that is using the limelight to keep the IPL in the minds of the general public to ensure a mega hit edition 4. Nothing wrong with it, except for the fact that is is wasting court time in a country like India where legal disputes take decades to resolve for the common man. If I am right, and I see no reason why I won't be, before the world cup starts, all issues, including Lalit Modi will be sorted and everyone will be one big happy family once again. This is all a game of TRP's and in the words of the great Edward Bernays, the father of Public Relations, there's "no such thing as bad publicity" and that's precisely what all this is, a facade to hide the true motive of maximizing the publicity for the 4th edition of the IPL.

  • Runster1 on December 6, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    I hope derby matches are formed in the next decade in IPL (mumbai and pune, delhi and punjab (?)). Ranji Trophy Super League is also revamped to become a premium first class cricket league in the world in IND. I hope a North vs South rivalry is formed as well and INDIANS SHUD SUPPORT THE CITY FROM WHICH THEY COME FROM!!!! SO CLUBS CAN BE SUSTAINABLE AND HAVE LOCAL SUPPORT. PUNJABIS GO FOR PUNJAB AND PEOPLE FROM MUMBAI GO FOR MUMBAI.

  • on December 6, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    At last something good to hear...

  • on December 6, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    punjab and rajasthan wil have hard time making it so we have delhi chennai mumbai banglore kolkata and kochi as of now which are certain to participate need 4 teams needed to make 10 two for 8 still uncertain who is in who is not

  • on December 6, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    @Nilay Yadav, Centres with no proper infrastructure????? what do you mean? some enlightenment required. Cochin won it because people invested money and managed to successfully win a bid... I dont think this is some sort of government affair to divide things equally among people on the basis of location or language... Its basically the bidders fault that ahmedabad couldn't get through and whats the point in you saying things like South Indian League and stufff.... "As a follower I have really lost the interest in IPL..... Shame On BCCI?????????" OMG how about you stop moaning for a moment, I'm sure you'll be there to watch IPL and you'll be fine buddy... People with money manage to win a bid and they chose cochin and people should understand one thing it have nothing to do with ahmedabad losing the bid coz they where the chance in the first place for the bid which they couldnt win...Now how about we taking a break till player auction for heaven sake...!!!

  • SettingSun on December 5, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    If there is a bigger joke in professional sport than the IPL then I'd love to know what it is. Can you imagine this happening in the Premier League? "Excuse me Mr Ferguson, but I'm afraid you'll have to give up all but four of your players this season." Completely and utterly ridiculous, I can't believe people watch this junk.

  • AJITHKS on December 10, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    kochi deserve it.. if any1 thougt that IPL is a "South Indian League", jst bcz d quality of d players and states.... bt 1 thing i must say.. no need 2 allow 2 teams 2 a single state.. ahmedabad losing the bid bcoz of this reasn......

  • on December 8, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    ahamadabad dosenot deserve a place in ipl beseause kerala have more cricket lovers and more talent

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    @Amith Kumar: Best IPL will be season-4, with Mumbai Indians winning it..

  • rkhalil on December 6, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Conrats to Sreesanth for Kochi team........

  • unkith on December 6, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    This is all one huge publicity stunt that is using the limelight to keep the IPL in the minds of the general public to ensure a mega hit edition 4. Nothing wrong with it, except for the fact that is is wasting court time in a country like India where legal disputes take decades to resolve for the common man. If I am right, and I see no reason why I won't be, before the world cup starts, all issues, including Lalit Modi will be sorted and everyone will be one big happy family once again. This is all a game of TRP's and in the words of the great Edward Bernays, the father of Public Relations, there's "no such thing as bad publicity" and that's precisely what all this is, a facade to hide the true motive of maximizing the publicity for the 4th edition of the IPL.

  • Runster1 on December 6, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    I hope derby matches are formed in the next decade in IPL (mumbai and pune, delhi and punjab (?)). Ranji Trophy Super League is also revamped to become a premium first class cricket league in the world in IND. I hope a North vs South rivalry is formed as well and INDIANS SHUD SUPPORT THE CITY FROM WHICH THEY COME FROM!!!! SO CLUBS CAN BE SUSTAINABLE AND HAVE LOCAL SUPPORT. PUNJABIS GO FOR PUNJAB AND PEOPLE FROM MUMBAI GO FOR MUMBAI.

  • on December 6, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    At last something good to hear...

  • on December 6, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    punjab and rajasthan wil have hard time making it so we have delhi chennai mumbai banglore kolkata and kochi as of now which are certain to participate need 4 teams needed to make 10 two for 8 still uncertain who is in who is not

  • on December 6, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    @Nilay Yadav, Centres with no proper infrastructure????? what do you mean? some enlightenment required. Cochin won it because people invested money and managed to successfully win a bid... I dont think this is some sort of government affair to divide things equally among people on the basis of location or language... Its basically the bidders fault that ahmedabad couldn't get through and whats the point in you saying things like South Indian League and stufff.... "As a follower I have really lost the interest in IPL..... Shame On BCCI?????????" OMG how about you stop moaning for a moment, I'm sure you'll be there to watch IPL and you'll be fine buddy... People with money manage to win a bid and they chose cochin and people should understand one thing it have nothing to do with ahmedabad losing the bid coz they where the chance in the first place for the bid which they couldnt win...Now how about we taking a break till player auction for heaven sake...!!!

  • SettingSun on December 5, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    If there is a bigger joke in professional sport than the IPL then I'd love to know what it is. Can you imagine this happening in the Premier League? "Excuse me Mr Ferguson, but I'm afraid you'll have to give up all but four of your players this season." Completely and utterly ridiculous, I can't believe people watch this junk.

  • on December 5, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    I waiting for IPL more than world cup!!!!!

  • on December 5, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    best wishes to our home team

  • on December 5, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    best IPL is season 3...with MI reaching the finals

  • Razor88 on December 5, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    So the Final teams - Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Kerala, Punjab, Rajastan, Hyd, Banglore and who is the last one ?Goa!! ?? Looks like a Gr8 IPL :P who cares abt the teams or the players.. its jus Mind Blowing Entertainment :D Looooookin forward to it.Can anyone plz tell When is the auction starting ?? Hope chennai picks a Good team like they did before.we need a proper balamced side rather than Big names :D .Probably the only Low profile team like Rajastan :D yea!! we are the UNDERDOGS.:D CSK all the way :D.

  • on December 5, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Congrats!!!Kochi IPL Team Rockzz...

  • on December 5, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    It is indeed good for young cricketers from Kerala; all the best for Kochi Team and Mr.Shashi Tharoor!!

  • on December 5, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Good news!.................................

  • M.S.Dhoni_Fans on December 5, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    here v go............at last v r in IPL our home team gonna rock IPL4

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    o god is great...thanx........

  • Darshan_Images on December 5, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Finally Some Verdict!!! End of uncertanity :) and @ Sher Wali: This is IPL not CL ;) ( Where-in only Indian Franchises will play )

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    awesome....this will be very intresting hopefully they can rope in their homeboy sreeshant

  • moscowman on December 5, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    So all the thamashas were for what? Still some thing smells.Out of 24% shares for ...services rendered" Must be very critical services to get this large largesse "and pray, who are the ...plus few others? Those are the operative words. Will BCCI expand this statement? to be more open? Fans should boycott these matches.

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    All the best IPL Kochi....

  • StarHawk on December 5, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Great news for the people in Kerala..We have been waiting for some good news for a long time. Nice to see the franchisees settle the issues amongst themselves. Now, I just hope they draft wisely and pick some good players...Go Kochi!!!!

  • Tarzansree on December 5, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    All politics... no cricket.... any ways its always good to have more teams than not having them.... i wish RR and KXP also get to nod from court. IPL rocks.... IPL rules...

  • on December 5, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    i hope RR & KXIP will also be available for the 4th edition of IPL!

  • on December 5, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    All the south Indian states got IPL teams now ;)

  • Chetan007 on December 5, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Don't able to understand how BCCI is deciding to make a team. IT should be like zonal wise. But most teams are from South, 1 from North east, 1 from North. There should some inequivalency. Anyhow, BCCI is now like a theater to me. daily a new drama like a new show.

  • on December 5, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Team name would be"Kochin cow boys"

  • muski on December 5, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Sher Wali- With no offence to Pakistani Cricket, none of the Pakistani Cricketers deserve an IPL contract. The ones who deserve on cricketing merits have been neck deep in the fixing scandal. Therefore its better to keep all of them away. I dont like to watch fixed matches like WWF wrestling competitions.

  • zezo13 on December 5, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Gods Own Country gets Kochi IPL team, after a beautifull drama, its like BCCI a parliament

  • Mr.PALindrome on December 5, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    @Nilay Yadav

    Oh really.. mumbai, kolkata, delhi and pune... dont u know that they are not south Indian teams...

    and nobody called the first 2 editions of IPL as north Indian IPL or something like that

    Put aside your regional feelings and start loving the game if you really call yourself a follower.

    P.S- Dont criticize kochi... Nobody would give them an IPL team if they are not confident about it...

  • on December 5, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    why bcci is so keeen on giving more and more chances to kochi, and not to rajasthan and punjabi , isnt it partiality to other 2 teams, atlast its not the franchises are suffering, its cricket and spectators who r goin to sufffer ,..this policy is not fair, as far, bcci should stop discrimination and allow all the teams to participate, if they want, they should put a fine or any kind of punishment, regarding ir-relularities they have done, but here its cricket's loss is ... double policy bcci , think , its ur ipl , not lalit modi's hez gone nw... save it...plz

  • on December 5, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    hope Kochi will take2 players from Afghanistan great Hamid hassan and tall Shapoor zadran

  • fergfan on December 5, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    so no more dramas to ipl4

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    @last Kochi got a IPL team. :)

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    IPL Kochi.......................Our home team, Best Wishes...............

  • Ureshi on December 5, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I think Rajasthan Royals need to be there and Kings XI Punjab too..If they are not there is no IPL! THE BEST IPL! like the 1st edition..I hope and praying they must play!!!!

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    BCCI Looks Joke to me now

  • on December 5, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    i dont wana like IPL without pakistani team pls invoite pakistani team with next adation pls .

  • on December 5, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Welcome to India. Politics first, cricket next.

  • NaheedKamal on December 5, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    IPL will destroy the cricket very soon ...

  • Gowthams91 on December 5, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Good News for Keralites.........

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Oh God, Finally a team for Kerala. Thank God!! Mmmmmmuuuaaaaahh!!!!!

  • venky50 on December 5, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Oh great. so ipl 4 is basically between 4 south indian teams and 4 non south indian teams! Long live cricket.

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    What a Shame!!! Centers with no proper infrastructure given a IPL team ahead of World Class Facilities Like Ahemdabad??? It should be called as South India Premiere League Now!!! As a follower I have really lost the interest in IPL..... Shame On BCCI?????????

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Great news...Kochi is gonna rock the show. Expecting gr8 IPL 4 with IPL Pune &Kochi in the list!!

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Congrats..Kochi Team.....

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Let this be the end of dramas!!!

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  • on December 5, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Let this be the end of dramas!!!

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Congrats..Kochi Team.....

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Great news...Kochi is gonna rock the show. Expecting gr8 IPL 4 with IPL Pune &Kochi in the list!!

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    What a Shame!!! Centers with no proper infrastructure given a IPL team ahead of World Class Facilities Like Ahemdabad??? It should be called as South India Premiere League Now!!! As a follower I have really lost the interest in IPL..... Shame On BCCI?????????

  • venky50 on December 5, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Oh great. so ipl 4 is basically between 4 south indian teams and 4 non south indian teams! Long live cricket.

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Oh God, Finally a team for Kerala. Thank God!! Mmmmmmuuuaaaaahh!!!!!

  • Gowthams91 on December 5, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Good News for Keralites.........

  • NaheedKamal on December 5, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    IPL will destroy the cricket very soon ...

  • on December 5, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Welcome to India. Politics first, cricket next.

  • on December 5, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    i dont wana like IPL without pakistani team pls invoite pakistani team with next adation pls .