The fate of Sahara's association with Indian cricket will now depend on the outcome at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) working committee meeting in Chennai on Monday.
A decision to this effect was taken after an hour-long meeting between the representatives of the Sahara Group and the BCCI. The meeting was called to break the ice between the two parties following Sahara's announcement on February 4 that it was severing ties with the BCCI by withdrawing from the Indian Premier League and sponsorship of the India team.
On Sunday, the Sahara delegation was led by chairman, Subrata Roy, while BCCI was represented by its president, N Srinivasan, secretary, Sanjay Jagdale, treasurer, Ajay Shirke, and IPL chairman, Rajeev Shukla.
“All the outstanding issues were discussed and it was agreed that the subject will be further discussed in the BCCI working committee meeting. The interaction was focused on the interest of India cricket, including IPL,” said a joint statement.
Despite both parties putting up a brave face after the meeting, it was clear from their body language that there is quite some distance to be travelled by both sides before an amicable solution can be reached.
Soon after the meeting, both parties huddled up to prepare their strategies with BCCI treasurer and Maharashtra Cricket Association president Ajay Shirke, who had specially flown in from London for this meeting, having another round of talks with the Sahara think tank.
Both parties were not forthcoming over the issues discussed in the meeting but it is reliably learnt that Sahara was firm on asking for compensation for the absence of Yuvraj Singh, who is undergoing treatment in USA, with an additional foreign player in the playing XI or getting reinforcement from other IPL teams on loan.
“Sahara put all their points on the table. Now it is for the BCCI to react," said a source.