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BCCI, Sahara to meet on weekend

Nagraj Gollapudi

February 9, 2012

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The Pune Warriors strike a happy pose ahead of the game, Deccan Chargers v Pune Warriors, IPL 2011, Hyderabad, April 10, 2011
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BCCI and Sahara India Parivar are scheduled to meet this weekend, probably on February 12, to discuss the issues that led to Sahara withdrawing its sponsorship of the Indian team and ownership of the Pune Warriors IPL franchise.

Officials privy to the dialogue between the parties told ESPNcricinfo that the venue and time would be finalised on February 11. Chennai is the likely choice because of the BCCI working committee meeting there on February 13; Mumbai is the alternative.

"Yes, the discussions are on. We don't have a date [as] people are busy," a BCCI official said. Asked if Sahara would be happy to reverse their decision, the official said: "Don't worry about it, these issues will get sorted ... They will be back, no one is going anywhere"

The IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla, who is also one of the BCCI vice-presidents, has been in frequent contact with Subrata Roy, Sahara's chairman. On February 4, Roy had said he was forced to end the relationship with the BCCI because of a "chain of displeasure" between the sponsors and the board. However, the BCCI president N Srinivasan expressed a desire to resolve the dispute, and Roy reciprocated saying he would be open to talks.

It is understood that on Thursday, the Sahara management asked the coaching staff to shortlist names of players the Warriors would like to buy from the other franchises during the ongoing trading window, which closes on March 4.

"The coaches have been asked to see what the options left to get the team balance correct are," a Sahara official told ESPNcricinfo.

According to a Sahara source, they are happy with the strength of the present Warriors squad, but they missed out on bolstering the middle-order void caused by Yuvraj Singh's unavailability due to illness.

If the IPL had allowed Sahara's request to add Yuvraj's cost ($1.8 million) to the auction purse ($2 million), the source said they could have gone all out for the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Vinay Kumar and may be even a wicketkeeper. The Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine is injured and will not be available for the fifth season. Robin Uthappa, a part time keeper, is expected to keep wicket this season but Pune are on a lookout for a domestic glovesman.

"Now we will have to re-think our strategy, considering we did not participate in the auction," a Sahara source said.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 11, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

I am not seeing Afghan player here, I am preferring Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan and for Pune Warriors a good wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad averaging more than 40 in ODI and more than 70 in test, and Karim Sadiq for this IPL.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

IPL is a drama filled bollywood film BCCI is drama filled biased company, money is the driving force. Because of them Indian cricket team has become only the 7th best team. They should clean up the BCCI for the sake of Indian cricket.

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 11, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

Cricket in the big countries is headed where it deserves to. India and Australia have prioritised T20, and have their worst Test batting fortunes for decades. England too is increasingly prioritising domestic T20 over First Class cricket, and now has the least depth to its Test batting line-up for 90 years, with no real alternative to the misfiring Bell and Pietersen. But New Zealand has old-fashioned grafters like John Wright and Brendon Bracewell who are creating gems like Doug Bracewell, while South Africa has the similar Gary Kirsten/ Graeme Smith combo and Pakistan has Misbah/Mohsin. Just compare: Mohsin+Misbah = Smith+Kirsten = Taylor+Wright. But each pair is worth any two combinations of Srinivasan+Dhoni+Fletcher or Sutherland+Clarke+Arthur or Clarke+Strauss+Flower.

Posted by Spokes007 on (February 10, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Bollywood style IPL+ BCCI = disaster for the gentlemans' game.

Posted by Spokes007 on (February 10, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

somebody93....you need to help me with your facts...what I know is: 44.2% of Indian household have access to a TV. 80% of the IPL games are acrried over payperview . Pakistan love for India can't be that good that they all tune in to IPL when their players are not in it. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh TV penetration is about 25%, and they cannot afford the Payperview rate to watch IPL. So I am not sure where the billions come from. Indian having billions does not mean everyone watches the game. As for the W.I the population is ~6million.

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 10, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

@Somebody93 espouses the value of IPL over Test cricket. But consider the case of Vinay Kumar. He played on a fast bowlers' dream wicket at Perth last month, on which India was bowled out for 161 and 171, at fewer than 3 runs per over in each innings. Yet his figures were 13-0-73-1, which accurately reflect just how out of his depth he was. The "poor" guy would not be in the best 5000 fast bowlers in Australia - or even the best 1000 in New Zealand - yet he has just scored a $1 million IPL contract. I live very close to an Australian top division soccer side, and I like soccer, but I wouldn't watch my local team because the quality is garbage. But the great triumph and tragedy of IPL is that Indian fans passionately follow garbage cricket by highly-paid mediocrities like Vinay Kumar - and don't recognise that it is trash. It's a triumph for mediocrity, but it has turned India's previously strong cricket team into a laughing stock around the world as they lose every away Test they play.

Posted by somebody93 on (February 10, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

@LillianThomson : Yes, Test Match cricket is precisely for a few million people like you, whereas, in the Indian sub continent, IPL is being watched by a few Billion people...

It is purely a matter of demand and supply and anything to do with IPL is a smashing hit in this part of the world and no one really cares about a few million 'puritans' who do not watch IPL from Australia, England or New Zealand...

Posted by   on (February 10, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

The arrogance with which BCCI conduct itself needs to be addressed.

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 10, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: I'm not English, I'm from New Zealand, you know, home of the second rate team which drew the first two of its three Tests in India last year? As for @somebody93, writing that in this busy world people don't follow Test cricket....Wrong. Millions of us watch every ball of the two days which fall on a weekend, and on the other 2-3 days we listen on the radio during breaks at work or keep our work computer ticking over with the score from Cricinfo. The irony of the empty stands when England played Pakistan in Dubai was that from New Zealand in the east to West Indies in the west to South Africa in the south there were large numbers of people watching on TV and following on the internet. Whereas I split my time between Australia, NZ and England and have never met a single cricket fan who has ever watched even one IPL match on TV. Never. Ever. Domestic English soccer or SA or NZ rugby, yes. IPL? Never.

Posted by bigben_bigben on (February 10, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

@LillianThomson: "England team which improved significantly away to Pakistan - got itself into match-winning positions in the last two Tests". LOL, Really?! They got their clocks cleaned by a young, inexperienced Pakistan team. English fans sure are delusional. Don't worry after SA/NZ series you will no longer be No. 1. It will be back to doormat status soon.

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