Chennai, Sep 13: Debt-ridden Deccan Chargers' bid to find a buyer ended in an anti-climax today with the IPL team rejecting the only bid they received, leaving the future of the beleaguered franchise uncertain.
Deccan Chronicle Holdings, the owner of Deccan Chargers, reportedly received a bid of Rs 900 crore by PVP Venture Capitals but surprisingly chose to reject it at the auction as it considered the price and terms unsuitable.
The BCCI has now been forced to take a decision on the fate of Chargers at its Working Committee meeting here on September 15.
“The price and terms of payments were not acceptable to Deccan Chargers. The BCCI assisted the Deccan Chargers and we also looked at the eligibility criteria, whether they are fit and proper.
“We found that the party was acceptable to us. After that it was between Deccan Chargers and the bidder, there the BCCI was not involved. But they informed us that the price and terms were not suitable, so they didn't accept it,” BCCI President N Srinivasan told reporters.
Asked if a new tender will be floated since the lone bid has been rejected, Srinivasan said, “You have to ask Deccan Chargers, now it's upto them. The franchise is on (exist). The BCCI has issued a notice to the franchise to clear certain defects. We have given them some time, but that is between BCCI and the franchise.”
The BCCI later issued a press release and said the Board had no role in Chargers' decision to reject the bid.
“The bid that was received by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited met the BCCI's eligibility and suitability criteria. The bid was then reviewed by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited who, in its discretion and with no role being played by BCCI, rejected the bid on the basis of the payment terms offered by the bidder,” BCCI Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in the release.
“The Invitation to Tender that was announced on 6 September 2012 by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited, under the aegis of BCCI, concluded today under the observation of Mr. Narvekar, appointed by the Mumbai High Court,” said Jagdale.
The development has put the BCCI in a quandary as it was expecting the franchise to resolve its financial problems by finding a buyer for itself.
A top BCCI official indicated that the Chargers' contract could be terminated at the Working Committee meeting and a new tender could be floated. There was also a possibility that the PVP company could be given the team.
“We will discuss the entire issue now and see what can be done. It is now upto the Working Committee to take a final decision on the issue,” the official said.
Another top BCCI official expressed surprise that the bid of Rs 900 crore was rejected by Chargers.
“We are very surprised that a bid of Rs 900 crore plus has been rejected by Chargers. We thought that for a company that is in financial mess, the offer was a good one as it would have helped them clear their players' payment from the last edition. I guess they are being governed by the banks and that is the reason for rejecting the offer,” the official said.
On what will be the next step for the BCCI, he said, “We need to wait till 5pm on September 15 when the timeframe of one month given to Deccan Chargers ends. If they don't pay the players' salaries, obviously the team would cease to exist. In any case they did a very wrong thing by mortgaging a BCCI property (IPL team) to the bank.”
According to IPL constitution, the BCCI has right to encash the bank guarantee and pay the players' salaries from it. There is a precedence when Kochi Tuskers Kerala team was disbanded and BCCI encashed the bank guarantee.