The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) didn’t want to comment on Wednesday’s Bombay High Court order giving Kings XI Punjab a reprieve but is likely to challenge the verdict.
“We have not received the copy of the order yet. So I can’t say now what our course of action is going to be,” the BCCI president Shashank Manohar told HT from Nagpur on Wednesday.
“I don’t know what the order actually says. Hopefully, I will be able to speak on this tomorrow (Thursday),” he added.
Sources, however, said that the Bombay High Court order is likely to be contested by the BCCI. It may happen in a day or two after they receive the court order, said a BCCI source on condition of anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak to the media.
The BCCI has already challenged the arbitrator’s order to grant a six-week stay on the termination of Rajasthan Royals’ franchisee contract with the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Bombay High Court.
Asked whether these developments might adversely affect IPL IV, scheduled to start in April next year, Manohar said: “I don’t think so.”
The BCCI chief added that as of now, the auctions will be held on January 8 and 9, as scheduled. “Things will go ahead as planned. At the moment, there is no change,” said Manohar.