IPL news February 3, 2012

Kochi owners to go to court over termination


Rendezvous Sports World Pvt Ltd, one of the co-owners of the terminated Kochi Tuskers Kerala IPL franchise, is planning to go to court next week in a late bid to revive the team. The Kochi franchise was annulled by the BCCI in September 2011 for their failure to provide a fresh bank guarantee to the board.

"Monday or Tuesday we will file a case in court," Prashanth Mishra, a Rendezvous official, told ESPNcricinfo. "We want to be a part of IPL season 5."

However, since the termination the BCCI has not only cashed the existing bank guarantee, worth approximately $30.39 million, but has also included a number of former Tuskers players in Saturday's player auction. That means even if the court were to grant a stay on Kochi's termination, they would still be without players.

When asked why the company had waited so long before deciding to file a case, Mishra said their intention had always been to try and get the team reinstated, but that it took them longer than expected to get a new bank guarantee in place. "We wanted to make sure we have no problems in terms of funds, so that we can run the franchise for many years to come." He also said it would be inappropriate to discuss their plans on how they would sign players at this stage, but did say the owners were resigned to losing some of their key players from last year.

The company is banking on the court following the precedents set in the cases involving the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, which were both terminated by the BCCI in 2010. The franchises' respective owners went to court fairly soon after, with the Bombay High Court granting a stay on their termination and allowing them to play in the 2011 tournament while their cases were referred to arbitration. Rendezvous had wanted to file a petition before the auction, in order to prevent their players from being sold to other franchises, but Mishra said they were unable to get it done in time.

Should Rendezvous go to court as planned, it will be the latest in a list of cases filed against the BCCI over the IPL, following the Royals and Kings XI Punjab and the former IPL chairman, Lalit Modi, who went to court repeatedly in a bid to halt the board's disciplinary procedures against him, although unsuccessfully.

In order to bolster their efforts, representatives from Rendezvous have met the chief minister and sports minister of Kerala to ask for support in their efforts to save the franchise. They have also approached the Kerala Cricket Association for their support. "[Rendezvous] is confident that it will be successful in getting the team to play this season," the company said in a statement, "and we would like to promise the state of Kerala that we will take any possible steps to keep the team alive."

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Pradeep on February 5, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Don't worry Tuskers, VRV Singh will be your marquee player!!

  • mohamed on February 5, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Kochi has to tahe part in the ipl

  • Sakthi on February 4, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    LOL i cant resit my laughter after reading this. Team owner are as the team KTK. Group of jokers

  • Allwin on February 4, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Tragic comedy. But really, IPL the cricket is not as entertaining as the events outside the stadium.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    LOLZ....thanx for this post..! this made me laugh for atleast 10 minutes! :P

  • fobin on February 4, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    u have dissapointed us KTK......

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    LOL, looks like we have not seen the end of this comedy yet. Knocked out a Central Government minister, then knocked out the former IPL "commissioner", and then got themselves knocked out. What's your next target, Kochi? IPL is becoming so interesting outside, who wants to watch the boring matches? :P

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    LOL bunch of losers, what do they expect going to court for??

  • Vikram on February 3, 2012, 22:27 GMT

    I guess even the players who end up not getting a contract elsewhere will still be happy that they do not have to wear this weird looking uniform!

  • Rimtu on February 3, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    okay but isn't it a little too late? were they sleeping all this time?? they'd been terminated long time ago, and just now they decided to wake up and make a fuss about this???

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