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BCCI v Sahara: Full settlement or nothing?

cricket Updated: Feb 12, 2012 00:22 IST
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Although India-Australia play in Adelaide on Sunday, the Indian cricket fraternity will be cued in on the developments of a meeting in Mumbai around the same time.

The much-awaited interaction between the Indian cricket board president N Srinivasan and Sahara India chief Subrata Roy will decide the fate of the Pune Warriors players and support staff in the IPL, and also whether Sahara will continue as India team sponsors.

From BCCI, Srinivasan is expected to be accompanied by treasurer Ajay Shirke and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla.

It is learnt the phone lines were busy throughout Saturday between the two camps. It appears everything will depend on the face to face meeting.

According to reports, the Sahara camp was sticking to its guns. “There will be no middle path. If it is settled, all issues will be resolved hundred per cent. The settlement will only be reached if BCCI considers all issues and its bosses manage to resolve his (Roy) disappointment. There will be no ifs and buts. Roy will take a call after considering everything,” a source said.

BCCI is hoping Sahara will compromise a bit as it stands to lose a lot of money by pulling out of IPL, having already paid the installment for the year and having submitted the bank guarantee to the Board.

The outcome is expected to depend a lot on the role played by Shirke. The BCCI is banking on his good equation with Roy while the Sahara camp is also more comfortable dealing through the Pune businessman.

It is a delicate situation for the IPL governing council as they have to be careful in granting concessions with the other franchises monitoring closely.

The IPL officials are already facing flak for setting bad precedents, which was a big reason for Sahara pulling the plug as it argued the IPL should be lenient towards Pune as it had been with some of the other teams.