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Royals get relief, BCCI to challenge order

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  New Delhi/Kolkata, November 30, 2010
First Published: 21:30 IST(30/11/2010) | Last Updated: 01:07 IST(1/12/2010)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will take swift action against the arbitrator's decision to stay the termination of Rajasthan Royals contract with the Indian Premier League (IPL).


Justice BN Srikrishna, the mutually appointed arbitrator to handle the issue, ruled in favour of the expelled franchisee and stayed the termination order for six weeks on Tuesday. The order restores all frachisee rights of the Rajatshan Royals for the duration of the stay and should allow them to participate in the players' auction to be held on January 8 and 9.

"This is an order from the arbitrator and we are going to challenge it at the Mumbai High Court tomorrow," the BCCI president Shashank Manohar told HT from Nagpur. He didn't elaborate but a veteran in the BCCI said an arbitrator's order "is not equivalent to a verdict in a court of law".

In the Royals camp, however, there was a sigh of relief. "This is a step in the right direction for us. We are of course extremely happy because this gives us a chance to participate in the players' auction," said a Rajasthan Royals spokesperson.

The stay order also gives hope to Kings XI Punjab, the other franchisee to have its contract terminated with the Royals for a breach of contract. While the franchisee refused to comment on Justice Krishna's order, a Kings XI source had recently said: "We will take every possible course to be a part of the auction."

The BCCI seemed confident of getting the order overturned. "An arbitrator's order is never final, there is always scope for both parties to challenge it in court. And this a ridiculous order anyway. What does it mean to have the termination stayed for six weeks?" said a top official.

The Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab had moved the Bombay High Court against the termination orders, but later both the franchisees and the BCCI agreed on taking the issue to an arbitrator. Possible Scenario

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