IPL 2011: 10 teams for IPL-IV

first_imgWith Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab being cleared to take part in the January 8-9 Indian Premier League players’ auction in Bangalore by the Bombay High Court, the fourth season of the cash-rich Twenty20 league in April-May will be a 10-team event.”The court has given a verdict. How can we stop them?” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources said when contacted after the IPL’s governing council meeting in Mumbai on Wednesday.This means IPL IV would comprise 10 teams, including the two new franchises, Kochi and Pune.Sources also said that the format would be the same as was announced in September before the BCCI decided to terminate the contracts of Rajasthan and Punjab for non-compliance of terms which was challenged in the court by the two franchises.As per the decisions taken by the IPL governing council on September 5, the forthcoming season will have 70 league matches plus four play-off matches with each team having the same number of ties (14 of which seven home and seven away) as in the previous IPL editions.The teams would be divided into two groups of five each. Each team would play the other four teams in its group twice – home and away; four of the five teams in the other group once – home or away; one of the five teams in the other group twice – home and away.The groups will be decided by a random draw. Meanwhile, a division bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday recused itself from the hearing of appeal filed by BCCI against a single judge’s order staying the proceedings of a disciplinary committee which is probing allegations against Lalit Modi.advertisement”Not before me,” said Chief Justice Mohit Shah of the division bench, when the appeal filed by the BCCI came up for hearing. However, Justice Shah did not give any reason. The matter would now be placed before another bench.Hearing BCCI’s plea on December 27, a vacation bench had refused to stay an earlier single bench order which had stayed till January 10 the proceedings. The vacation bench had asked the BCCI to approach a regular bench after vacations.Justice Kathawala, on December 25, had stayed the proceedings against Modi, the former IPL commissioner.BCCI had sought a stay to that order praying that the meeting of disciplinary committee comprising Arun Jaitley, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Chirayu Amin be allowed to be held on December 27 and 28.Elsewhere, the Chennai police may register a case against suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi for not responding to summons issued by them, but said they would wait for some more days.BCCI secretary N Srinivasan had lodged a complaint against Modi, charging him with misappropriation of `470 crore, mainly related to allotting media rights and free commercial rights.- With PTI inputslast_img

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