Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of Deccan Chargers skipping this year's IPL and assured that all eight teams would be in the fray when the Twenty20 event begins on March 13.
"Reports that DC will not play or x y z may not -- please ignore such news. All IPL teams will participate. You have my assurance on that," Modi wrote on his Twitter page.
Modi's assurance comes a day after the Chargers slapped a legal notice on the IPL and threatened to skip the Twenty20 league if its home matches are not re-allotted to Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam.
The IPL governing council had shifted the Chargers' home matches out of Andhra Pradesh citing the ongoing Telengana agitation as the reason.
The Chargers' solicitors said the decision to shift the matches have been taken "arbitrarily, unilaterally, without our client's consent and in complete breach of the Franchise Agreement dated April 10, 2008 pursuant to which the rights and obligations of both the parties i.e. BCCI-IPL and the Franchisee, i.e. our client are governed".