The top brass of BCCI and the aggrieved Sahara Group will meet in Mumbai today in a bid to break the stalemate which provoked the corporate giant to withdraw sponsorship of the Indian cricket team and also pull out of the IPL.
Sahara Group supreme Subroto Roy will meet BCCI President N Srinivasan and IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla in order to determine the issues amid suggestions that both parties are keen to find a solution to pave the way for Pune Warriors’ return to the IPL fold.
According to consistent BCCI sources, both parties have let-down from the stiff stance they had taken primarily and are ready to conceal the hatchet.
A senior BCCI official said that “Neither Sahara nor the BCCI would like to close the door on each other especially after sharing a fruitful relationship for over a decade. That both parties have decided to sit across the table and sort out their differences is a step in the right direction.”
The bone of argument was Sahara looking for a replacement for Yuvraj Singh who is undergoing treatment for a malignant lung tumour in US.
The franchise wanted that Yuvraj’s salary of $1.8 million be added to their kitty of $1.6 million after they spent $400,000 on hold Sourav Ganguly.
The BCCI also turned down their requests of getting the first right of draft with Ganguly being introduced as Yuvraj’s replacement so that they can go into auction with $2 million.
Now with the auctions over, it will be interesting to see what kind of ‘amicable settlement’ the two concerned parties reach.