Kochi were given three-day lifeline by IPL

Despite the Kochi franchise missing the deadline on several occasions, the Indian Premier League (IPL) top brass waited patiently, it is learnt. The consortium that owns Kochi defaulted on an annual payment of around Rs 158 crore as a bank guarantee. "When they finally put up a unified front (to form Kochi Cricket Pvt Ltd) and formed an organisation, they were clearly told to submit a bank guarantee that covers the fee payable to the BCCI on an annual basis. And yet, they never abided by the rules.

Tired of waiting
"They didn't take our repeated notices seriously. We were tired of waiting. They were supposed to send us a fresh bank guarantee after the IPL season (in May). It was not done. It's highly unprofessional behaviour on their part," said a member of the IPL Governing Council.

It is learnt that Kochi ignored BCCI's offer of a three-day extension after the AGM. "We had permitted them a three-day extension to hand us a letter with signatures of all owners -- to guarantee that all the dues will be cleared by a particular date. They didn't respond to us this time too," added the official. Yesterday, N Srinivasan took over as BCCI president from Shashank Manohar.

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