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IPL Governing Council likely to axe three teams

As the members of the newly-formed IPL Governing Council get together for the first time in an “emergency meeting” today, all eyes will be on whether Chirayu Amin and his men take the drastic step of disqualifying any of the three franchises under scanner. Amol Karhadkar reports.

cricket Updated: Oct 10, 2010 09:01 IST

Despite the addition of two teams, the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) may well feature eight, like the first three editions.

As the members of the newly-formed IPL Governing Council get together for the first time in an “emergency meeting” in Mumbai on Sunday, all eyes will be on whether Chirayu Amin and his men take the drastic step of disqualifying any of the three franchises under scanner.

Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and the Kochi consortium are being scrutinised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and various government investigative agencies for irregularities in their ownership patterns and handling of funds.

Interestingly, each of the three franchises maintained that they “will definitely escape disqualification”. The BCCI, at its annual general meeting, had decided to issue show-cause notices to the three franchises. While the deadline for Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab’s reply expired on Friday, the Kochi franchise, it was learnt, was yet to receive the notice.

And with time running out, the BCCI may well take a drastic step at Sunday’s Governing Council meeting.

“One of the two existing teams is surely not going to feature in next year’s IPL,” a BCCI insider told Hindustan Times on Saturday.

“As for the Kochi owners, it all depends on whether they unanimously want to run the franchise or not.”

The Kochi franchise is marred by infighting among stakeholders. However, the last couple of days have offered “a glimmer of hope towards an amicable settlement” in the Kochi camp.

“Let’s hope it’s not too late,” a Kochi stakeholder said.

Despite the three franchises being optimistic, the axe is likely to fall on Rajasthan Royals, who have close links with former IPL chairman Lalit Modi’s family. And don’t be surprised if the Governing Council issues a show-cause notice and gives the Kochi owners “one last chance” to sort out their mess in the next 10 days.

Naved cleared to represent Pakistan

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has lifted a 12-month ban and halved a fine on all-rounder Rana Naved.

Naved was among seven players banned or fined by the PCB after a shambolic tour to Australia this year on the grounds of misconduct and indiscipline.

“It is a great relief to be cleared of this ban now I want to focus on cricket,” said Naved.