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Kochi, Pune's demand of franchisee-fee cut rejected

April 27, 2011 16:24 IST

The Working Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India rejected Indian Premier League franchises Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Sahara Pune Warriors' demand for a reduction in the franchisee fee.

The two franchises had sought reduction on the ground that the BCCI did not fulfill the terms in the Invitation to Tender with regard to the number of matches this season.

- Duncan Fletcher is Team India coach

They had paid 75 per cent of the annual installment of total fee amount, and sought waiver of the balance.

However, the pleas were rejected at the Working Committee's meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The Kochi and Pune franchises had argued that as per the contract, each team was to play 18 matches on a home and away basis, but the BCCI reduced the number to 14, and brought down the total number of matches from 94 to 74 to avoid a player burn-out.

Pune and Kochi franchises were bought with bids of US $370 million and US $333 million respectively. Franchises have to pay this fee in installments, 10 per cent per year.

Meanwhile, sources said the issue of resting senior cricketers for the West Indies tour after a hectic cricket season did not come up for discussion during the meeting.

India is scheduled to play a Twenty20, five ODIs and three Tests in the Caribbean from June 4-July 10.

The final of the ongoing IPL season, which began six days after the conclusion of the six-week long ICC World Cup on April 2, will be played in Chennai on May 28.

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