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Will protect Kochi players' interests - Shukla

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 22, 2011

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Mahela Jayawardene got to a fifty off 30 balls, Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Indore, May 13, 2011
Will Mahela Jayawardene be part of the next IPL? © AFP

Rajiv Shukla, the new IPL chairman, has said that the interests of players who are contracted to the terminated franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala will be protected. Shukla said the IPL governing council will meet in the second week of October to discuss the issues related to the termination.

"Our prime concern will be the players' interest, their interest is not hampered in terms of financial losses and also in terms of their participation in the tournament," Shukla told PTI. "Suppose these players are re-auctioned for some other franchise and if there is any difference in what they are supposed to get, it will be compensated by us.

"So after the termination of this franchise [Kochi], now nine teams are left. The whole matter will go to the governing council and they will take a view if we should go for one more team or we should stick to nine teams. I am okay with both the plans and whatever the council decides we will go by that."

N Srinivasan, the new BCCI president, had earlier said that efforts would be made to find "an equitable solution that is viable both for the players and the BCCI."

The Kochi franchise was terminated by the BCCI at its annual general meeting on September 19 for breaching its terms of agreement. According to the BCCI the franchise was unable to furnish a new bank guarantee for 2011. Kochi denied they owed the BCCI any money and filed a case against the board in the Bombay High Court on Wednesday. The court, however, rejected Kochi's case to restrain the BCCI from encashing its bank guarantee of Rs 156 crore. Kochi then filed an appeal against the court's decision and a new hearing has been set for Thursday.

"The status is that on the issue of non-payment, Kochi has been terminated as per the agreement between franchise and BCCI," Shukla said. "They were supposed to pay the bank guarantee ... they have gone to the court, and the court didn't give them any relief and BCCI is entitled to encash the bank guarantee."

Shukla, however, ruled out any immediate possibility of a new owner coming in to take over Kochi. "No, now if any decision is taken, it has to be on the basis of a new bid."

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Posted by Honestcricket on (September 22, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

We all forget one thing when IPL moves from one year to another . Lalit Modi . Irrespective of the irregularities claimed ( not yet proved ) it is his brain child .

Posted by agam99 on (September 22, 2011, 10:32 GMT)

Very good gesture by BCCI

Posted by   on (September 22, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

If Kochi's original bid price was competitive then some other interested group could take over at the agreed price so that every one will be protected.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (September 22, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

They can re-bid and find some buyer who could buy the whole setup with current composition. That would save the interest of players as well as do justice with sentiments of Kochi fans.

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