Kings XI stumped!


New Delhi/Mumbai: Two glamour-laden Indian Premier League teams — Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals — have been made to pay a heavy price for their perceived proximity to ousted league chairman Lalit Modi by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on October 10.

At the first meeting of the reconstituted IPL Governing Council in Mumbai, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab teams were terminated from the IPL for what it called “violation of the franchise agreement.” It also served a notice to the newly-formed Kochi team to resolve all their disputes within 10 days.

A top source revealed that the real reason for the ouster of both teams from the IPL-IV was their “proximity” to Lalit Modi, as some top brass in the BCCI believed that Modi had stakes in both the teams through some front men (and women).

“The Governing Council sought legal opinion and came to the conclusion that the contracts of Jaipur IPL Cricket Pvt. Ltd. (Rajasthan Royals) and KPH Dream Cricket Pvt Ltd (Punjab Kings XI) franchises need to be cancelled for the violation of the franchise agreement,” BCCI president Shashank Manohar told reporters in Mumbai.

While Rajasthan, led by Shane Warne, had star players like Greame Smith and Shane Watson, Punjab had players like Yuvraj Singh, Brett Lee, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene among others. The termination of the IPL contracts of King’s XI and Rajasthan Royals, however, is unlikely to affect the future of the players contracted by these clubs, as their three-year contract with the clubs had in any case ended on September 26, and they would be put for open bid in the auctions coming up later.

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