IPL panel discusses DC players' fate

The IPL governing council met here on Wednesday to discuss various issues related to the termination of cash-strapped Deccan Chargers and matters regarding the new franchise for which tenders have been floated.

The committee which met at the BCCI headquarters discussed the legal ramifications of Deccan Chargers’ termination and about the future of nearly 30 cricketers (foreign and Indian) who have been left without a team. It was learnt the BCCI will divulge their future course of action regarding the sixth edition of the IPL only after the Bombay High Court verdict comes out.

The BCCI is likely to encash the bank guarantee that is with them and pay the salaries of the former Deccan players and support staff.

The interesting aspect will be how the parent body absorbs these players in various IPL teams or the new team that will be playing the next season. There are a couple of possibilities one among which is increasing the number of players per team from 30 to 35 and then ask existing franchises to buy out the remaining part of the contract.

The second possibility is to transfer all the existing DC players to the newly-formed franchisee. Last but not the least is having an open auction next season.

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