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5 foreign players: Sahara needs consent of franchises

Last updated on: February 22, 2012 17:32 IST

The IPL Governing Council has asked Sahara Pune Warriors to obtain the consent of all the franchises to field five foreign players in the fifth edition of the T20 tournament.

Indian Premier League Governing Council chairman Rajiv Shukla said all issues discussed with Sahara have been ratified by the GC.

- IPL 2012 schedule

"On the five foreign players issue, Sahara has to get the consent of all other franchises and that matter will be put before the working committee, which will take the final call.

"All the things which were decided with Sahara were ratified by the Governing Council," Shukla said after the Governing Council met in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Sahara Group, the Indian cricket team's long-time sponsor, had ended its financial ties with the BCCI and also pulled out of the IPL by withdrawing from Pune Warriors' ownership just hours before the players' auction earlier this month.

In a bid to break the stalemate, BCCI and the aggrieved Sahara Group reached a compromise after a series of hectic negotiations.

Shukla added that IPL's operational issues were also discussed during the meeting.

The dates for IPL 6 were finalized, and the tournament will be held next year from April 3 to May 26.

Asked about the tenth team for the next edition, Shukla said, "Nothing has been decided yet."

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