The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has maintained a rather stolid stance after the high court in Mumbai allowed Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab to stay in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Authorising president Shashank Manohar to decide the course of action at its working committee meeting on Saturday is all that the board has done so far. This approach is in contrast with what the BCCI had done after the first reprieves the two teams got.
The BCCI had wasted little time in challenging the ruling after an arbitrator stayed the expulsion of Rajasthan Royals and did the same when the high court ruled in favour of Kings XI Punjab. That the BCCI would do so was made clear in no uncertain terms then.
Now, after losing both appeals, the BCCI is distinctly quiet and there is no word on whether it will challenge these verdicts in the Supreme Court. There are two ways of interpreting this silence. One, the board bigwigs are seeking legal opinion before launching a final assault.
There is reason to think that the BCCI is thinking of treading the second path. It's obvious that the BCCI, which is headed by a lawyer in Manohar himself and also has someone like Arun Jaitley as vice-president, had sought sufficient legal advice before terminating the contracts of the Kings and the Royals in October.
Having seen those cases coming hollow twice each, the BCCI is bound to rethink. Even if the BCCI goes to Supreme Court, it won't be before January 3, because the apex court is closed till then. The IPL auctions stay slated for January 8 and 9.
Moving court just before that will further complicate matters where the stakes are high, and there are influential holders. Jeopardising the IPL itself isn't something that anybody can afford.
Apart from that, there is an element of embarrassment. To see a widely discussed decision being summarily overturned isn't what an establishment like the BCCI wants to see.
The BCCI is understood to have taken a more tolerant path this time. Once bitten twice shy, they are more interested to watch what the Royals and Kings do about the steep bank guarantees that they have been told to furnish in order to retain their share of the IPL pie.
The court has asked the Royals to provide $ 20.83 million (R 94.4 crore approx) as players' salary for two years and to protect their contract. The amount is $ 32.77 million (Rs 148 crore approx) in case of Kings XI including pending payments. So far, there is no news of the teams moving court against this part of the order.