IPL news January 22, 2013

IPL to meet over disputed Pune payment


The Indian Premier League's governing council is to meet on Wednesday to discuss a continuing dispute over the annual franchise fee to be paid by Pune Warriors India.

Sahara's actual franchise fee has been a contentious issue ever since they bought the Pune franchise for Rs 1702 crore ($370 million) in March 2010. Sahara had been demanding that the franchise fee from their original agreement should be recalculated since the minimum matches per year have been reduced to 14 from the 18 promised to them.

According to IPL officials, the owners of the Pune franchise, Sahara India Pariwar, in keeping with demand of a reduction of the franchise fee, have submitted a cheque of an amount which is less than mentioned in their original agreement with the BCCI. The deadline for submission of the fees was January 9. "Since the cheque is of lower value, the BCCI hasn't yet deposited it into the bank account," a BCCI insider said.

Sahara officials however deny that there is a shortfall in their franchise fee payment made to the BCCI this year.

The issue was also one of the major points of difference between Sahara and the BCCI that resulted in the team owners boycotting the 2012 IPL auction and threatening to pull out of the tournament. A joint media statement issued by Sahara and BCCI in February last year stated: "The BCCI and Sahara agree to start the arbitration proceedings initiated by Sahara through appointment of an arbitrator to address Sahara's claim for a reduction in franchise fee for 74 matches."

The arbitration proceedings, however, have still not got underway due to lack of consensus between the parties over the arbitrator.

The governing council is also likely to discuss the venue for Pune Warriors' home games. Sahara are entangled in a legal battle with the Maharashtra Cricket Association, the host association in Pune, over title rights for the Pune stadium that hosted Warriors' home games last year. The Bombay High Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of the case till January 30 but it was understood that the franchise has expressed its wish to have its home games moved out of Pune. The governing council has not yet taken a decision given that the IPL Season 6 is more than two months away.

The governing council is also likely to ratify the player transfers ahead of the player auction, to be held in Chennai on February 3.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nathan on January 24, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    BCCI needs to get its act together and ensure all franchises are treated fair and square. Sahara bid for PW was higher compared to other franchises and at that time the number of matches to be played determined the prize tag. With Cochin Tuskers wound-up and the composition of teams like Kings-X1, RR and DC to be revamped, it would be better to revamp the schedule. A max of 8-10 teams playing 4 matches on home/away basis, followed by 2-SF and 1-Finals would be ideal.

  • Jayaesh on January 23, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    @Third_Gear, first of all it is a popular and succesful tournament and if you don't like it please don't watch it or keep commenting about it.

  • Enamul on January 23, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I dont like this tournament at all. Controvirsial yet unpopular and failed product. Payment has been always a controversial issue there.

  • Ajith Prasad on January 23, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    If IPL has to sustain, they need max 8 or 10 teams and even more importantly no more than 35 or 40 matches. Of course, there may be enough spectators to watch any cricket match in India but that doesn't mean that they can keep increasing the number of teams and matches.

    Look at the Big Bash League. It's exciting with new innovations in place and follows a schedule that has just 35 matches. BCCI, listening?

  • avinash on January 23, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Terminate the pune team and play 8 teams ipl with 64 matches which give good balance and auction the players of pune and teams will more stronger than usual and make the interesting, if there is a chance terminate other team and make 7 teams with 48 matches too many t20 matches killing cricket

  • Kan on January 23, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    It's a reasonable demand from Pune to have education in the fees.When Sahara bought the team they were told they would have 90+ matches but ipl only had 74 matches.We don't want one more team added because it's just overkill of cricket and it's already tiresome to watch this huge amount of cricket.I,an avid cricket fan,only watches KKR,my team.I think most people are like that.

  • Sreejith on January 22, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Sahara Shri , Move this team to Kochi and make JN Stadium as home ground or move to Ahmadabad and make Motera as home stadium.

  • Rajeev on January 22, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Why is BCCI not considering other states? Cricket is been watched across India. Place teams evenly. Everyone wants a team from their state.

  • Rathish on January 22, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Terminate them and call for a new bid as usual...

  • Rakib on January 22, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    i find ipl hectic. long schedule,journey,controversies. Moreover,entertainment should be kept under limit.or else, people won't take interest in it. Does a movie gives you entertainment if you watch it daily?

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