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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Pune Warriors withdraw from the IPL - Tuesday May 21,2013

Pune Warriors India withdrew from the league over financial differences with the BCCI on Tuesday May 21,2013.PWI had failed to pay the full franchise fee for the current year. PWI, one of the nine IPL teams, is learnt to have paid only 20 % of the franchise fee for the year.

The franchise fee of Rs. 170 crore was to be paid by May 19,2013 and the BCCI moved when Sahara failed to meet the deadline .With the BCCI encashing Rs 137 crore worth Bank Guarantee, the Sahara group, which owns the franchise, decided to pull out of the IPL.This was the third case of the Board encashing the bank guarantee for recovering its dues. It had earlier done so with Kochi Tuskers and Nimbus.

In a statement, Sahara said -

In 2010 Sahara had bid 1702 crore for IPL franchise on the basis of revenue calculation on 94 matches.But we got 64 matches only. We and Kochi Team immediately protested and requested BCCI to reduce the bid price proportionately for viable IPL proposition. Nothing was heard.We continuously requested BCCI for Arbitration from June 2011.But BCCI is only concerned about money and not about the genuine interests of the franchise.BCCI claimed Sahara, had gone back on its word. “We had announced our withdrawal in February 2012 but the BCCI approached us for a solution and requested us to not withdraw

Timeline of Dispute between PW & BCCI
February 4 2012: Sahara withdraws sponsorship of Team India, surrenders ownership of franchise Pune Warriors and pulls out of the players' auction  February 6, 2012: BCCI and Sahara decide to meet on the issue                                                                     February 12, 2012:BCCI Chairman N Srinivasan and Sahara Chairman Subrata Roy meet but no immediate results comeFebruary 13, 2012: BCCI's working committee meeting discusses Sahara Issue       February 16, 2012: BCCI and Sahara reach an agreement                                                                           February 17, 2012: Sahara requests for arbitration to resolve its demand of reduction in franchise fee. BCCI says noJan 9, 2013: Sahara submits cheque to BCCI with amount of lesser value than mentioned in franchise agreementJanuary 23, 2013-Feb 16, 2013: BCCI calls two working committee meetings to discuss Sahara IssueApril 1, 2013: Sahara threatens to pull out of the league if BCCI doesn't accommodate its demands.
May 20, 2013: BCCI encashes bank guarantees, Sahara pulls out of IPL                                 

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