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Far from smooth

Uncertainty over the number of participating teams for IPL-5 after Kochi's ouster and legal battles with Punjab and Rajasthan hamper Governing Council meeting

The void left by the termination of the Kochi franchisee recently, left the Indian Premier League's (IPL) Governing Council (GC) in a deadlock when they met at Hyderabad to discuss the league's fifth season yesterday.


New role: IPL chief Rajiv Shukla. File Pic

The franchises had put forward the request to restore the home-and-away system for the IPL, a suggestion that has been strongly backed by GC members. However, with IPL-5 to take place from April 4 to May 27 next year, it would be difficult for the organisers to allow the nine franchises to play on a home-and-away basis, as the number of matches would increase to more than 100. IPL-4 had only 74 matches as compared to 94 matches in the earlier seasons, which didn't sit well with everyone connected to the tourney.
 

MP Pandove

"We could not approve the format of the tournament because we still don't have a tenth team, and are unsure about how many teams will eventually play in IPL-5. Thus, we deferred decisions such as the tournament format and how to tackle the issue of Kochi players until the next meeting," IPL GC member MP Pandove told MiD DAY yesterday.

He said that the GC was clued-up about the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) legal battles with Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals. "We were filled in about those pending legal cases. Until those things are cleared, it's a little difficult to finalise the format of the tournament. We have only finalised the dates of IPL-5," he said.

Pandove said that the dates of the trading window and auction would be discussed at the next meeting besides a decision on the participation of Pakistani players for the fifth edition of the league.

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