Sahara open to IPL talks only

Feb 08, 2012, 07:33 IST | IANS
Sahara India chairman Subroto Roy said he would continue to support Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but ruled about sponsoring Team India.

Subroto Roy

Roy said he doesn't want his players to suffer and miss the fifth edition of the IPL. Roy said cricket is immensely popular in India and Sahara's pull-out won't affect the coffers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) since there are several corporate majors willing to sponsor the cricket team.

"Ten years back sponsorship was difficult in cricket. But now cricket is very rich and there are many people who are interested to be sponsor. So I don't think there is any problem. But I have promised them I am not going to walk out till they get a sponsor," said Roy.

Roy said his main concern is about Pune Warriors. Sahara bought Pune Warriors for a whopping Rs.1,700 crore making it the most expensive IPL franchise.

"My first concern is that our players should not be deprived of playing in the IPL this year. It will be really bad for them. It is important that they should play. I have already requested the BCCI to get them in any organisation fast so that they can play in this IPL also. So we will sit and discuss all this.

I don't want that BCCI and our team (Pune Warriors) should be in problem in any manner. I am sure when we will sit we will come out with good solutions," said Roy.

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