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BCCI decides to waive off Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise fees

BCCI decided to settle the issue during their last working committee meeting held in New Delhi a few weeks ago.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai |
August 28, 2016 1:45:40 am
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THE BCCI have decided to waiver the annual IPL franchise fees for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals while they serve their two-year suspension. The two beleaguered franchises had moved court for arbitration over being asked to pay the participation fee for the ninth and tenth editions of the T20 extravaganza despite them being suspended from participating by the Supreme Court.

However, the board decided to settle the issue during their last working committee meeting held in Delhi a few weeks ago with president Anurag Thakur informing the house that the CSK and RR be exempted from paying the franchise fees. In addition, the first installments that CSK and RR had paid under protest will now be returned to them.

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) secretary Kasi Viswanathan confirmed to The Indian Express that the BCCI had indeed decided to put the issue to bed by reaching an agreement with both franchises.

“Yes, the franchise fee issue is now settled. During the last (BCCI) working committee meeting, the president said that the BCCI has reached an agreement with both Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and they don’t have to pay the franchise fee. There’s no longer any legal issues between the franchises and the board regarding that matter,” said Viswanathan.

The two franchises had been handed the penalty last year by the Lodha committee. Under former BCCI president Shashank Manohar, the board had informed both the franchises subsequently that they would have to continue paying the participation fees every year so that their teams remain part of the IPL fabric. It meant that CSK and the Royals were shelling out Rs 73 crore and Rs 56 crore respectively per year despite not getting to play in the IPL.

CSK and RR had moved the Bombay High Court in April, seeking to resolve the dispute. Both arbitrations were held simultaneously. The oral hearings were over but some technicalities still remained.

CSK manager George John had earlier told The Indian Express, “Our logic is simple; why shall we pay the franchise fee when we are not playing?”

However, Thakur has thought it wise to not get into another legal battle and rather put an end to the matter, and get the two franchises to withdraw their cases.

In addition to this softening of stand, the Indian cricket board had last week also allowed Tamil Nadu players to be released from Duleep Trophy duty to play in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, which is held under the aegis of the state association of which N Srinivasan is the president.

Players were allowed to play for their respective premier league teams if they were not to be picked in their Duleep Trophy squads. The Duleep Trophy is being played in the day-night format using the pink ball.

Tamil Nadu players were also allowed to travel back and forth during the breaking between Duleep Trophy matches to play in the state’s premier league.

“TNCA would like to thank BCCI for allowing the same and appreciates the support that the India Cements TN Premier League has received from multiple state associations from around the country,” a statement from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association said.

The premier league tournament has eight teams and was inaugurated by India ODI and T20 skipper MS Dhoni last week at a function where Srinivasan was also present.

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