After the latest announcement from IPL administrator, Rajiv Shukla regarding the comeback of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming edition of IPL, now another twist takes place with the third team, Kochi Tuskers Kerala breaks into the scene expecting to make a comeback into the cash-rich domestic T20 tourney.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala initially made their presence on the IPL platform in 2011 but later terminated from the lucrative tourney due to money related issues between the franchise owners and the Board of Control for Cricket in India and was also made a petition on a court.
However, BCCI found themselves barking up the wrong tree as the decision from the court came in favour of Kochi Tuskers Kerala and asked BCCI to pay INR 1080 crores as a compensation. However, franchise owners approached the administrators to reinstate their franchise instead of paying them the amount.
It is further learnt that Special General body Meeting which took place on Saturday took the decision of out-of-court settlement and CoA advised the franchise to consult BCCI in a conventional way to apply their plea of return into the tourney in the upcoming editions.
Speaking on the issue to The Indian Express, a top BCCI official quoted that ”There is no chance of giving them their place back in IPL. They want them because they want to sell it? The only way out is for them to accept the one-time settlement and put the issue to rest.”
Though the addition of three teams in the IPL 2018 is highly unlikely to happen but one can’t really crack their say as Indian Premier League always smokes up new initiatives and surprises every year. If everything falls in place for KTK and the recent entrants RPS and GL, one can have a luxury of watching 11 teams in the coming edition of IPL.