On a day the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI's) 81st Annual General Meeting (AGM) reshuffled the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council (GC), confusion remained about who will join Ravi Shastri on the committee as the second cricketer.
In the earlier GC, three former India captains - Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi - served as members. But with the AGM approving the new structure, which has Chirayu Amin as chairman, five members, two cricketers, and four BCCI office bearers, either Gavaskar or Pataudi have to vacate his position.
It was learnt later in the evening that the BCCI, which has authorised president Shashank Manohar to appoint the other cricketer, had zeroed in on Pataudi.
"Since he couldn't talk to Pataudi, it would have been unfair to announce his name without his consent," a BCCI insider told Hindustan Times.
Gavaskar, on the other hand, was in the dark. "I don't know if I am in or out," he told NDTV. "Nobody has contacted me from the BCCI."
While the tenure of the council has been reduced from five years to one, the two cricketers who will be part of the committee will not be paid for their services.
Kochi in the dock again
Ever since the consortium led by Rendezvous Sports World Private Limited successfully bid for the Kochi IPL franchise, the owners have had a torrid time. On Wednesday the BCCI issued the franchise a show-cause notice.
"We will issue them a notice and give them a time frame to incorporate your company. Otherwise we are going to cancel this franchise because we can't work with groups within a franchise," Manohar said, adding that similar notice will be sent to Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab about discrepancies in their ownership patterns.
However, Rendezvous CEO Satyajit Gaikwad said the matter isn't of a great concern. "There is no division among the co-owners," Gaikwad told HT. "The company will be formed three months before the start of the tournament. And if the Board wants us to register it earlier, we will comply with it."
However, Manohar issued stern warning to all the three franchises under the scanner. Asked what happens if the BCCI is unsatisfied with their replies before November's player auction, Manohar said, "We might play with nine teams or eight teams, we don't know."
Dalmiya's expulsion revoked
In another development, the AGM decided to withdraw the civil suit against former BCCI and ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya for misappropriation of funds during the 1996 World Cup. The BCCI also decided to revoke the decision to expel Dalmiya from the BCCI, which was stayed by the Supreme Court after the decision was made in 2006.