Chennai, 25 October
The fate of Indian Premier League franchise Pune Warriors, who have defaulted on their payments to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, would top the agenda when the BCCI’s working committee meets here tomorrow. Owned by the Sahara Group, the Pune Warriors have been on a collision course with the BCCI after the board encashed their bank guarantee because the franchise fee was not paid. The Sahara Group announced its pull-out from the IPL after that, though that was yet to be formally conveyed to the BCCI, which wanted the team to submit a bank guarantee worth Rs 170.2 crore to remain in the league next year.
The BCCI, after reportedly reminding Sahara several times of the mandatory payment, is now planning to expel them from the IPL. All the IPL’s governing council members have been invited to tomorrow’s meeting and the board is expected to issue a 30-day termination notice to the Pune Warriors after consultations tomorrow.
Deposition sought: The Supreme Court-appointed committee probing the IPL spot-fixing scandal has sought a deposition on 5 and 6 November by the Mumbai police officer who had probed the Twenty20 cricket championship league’s betting scandal, a police officer said here today.
“A letter written by the committee was received by us today. The committee asked us to send an officer, who probed the IPL betting case registered by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch, for deposition on 5 and 6 November,” a crime branch said.
However, the officer said the letter did not mention the exact location in Mumbai where the deposition would have to be carried out.
The crime branch will now prepare a detailed report which would be in possession of the officer while deposing before the Supreme Court-appointed committee.