Mumbai: Ahead of the crucial meet of IPL governing council, chairman Rajeev Shukla clarified that no final decision over the fate of the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be taken today.
According to sources, BCCI will form a panel that will decide upon the fate of the two teams.
With powerful lobbies inside BCCI engaged in a massive tug of war, a decision is unlikely to be reached on the same day.
One group led by ex-BCCI president Shashank Manohar strongly feels that the contracts with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) need to be terminated with immediate effect.
The Justice Lodha committee report, along with clause 11.3 in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise contract, makes a provision for this.
Another lobby feels a two-year suspension for these franchises is punishment enough and terminating their contracts will be harmful for 'brand IPL' and unfair on CSK and RR, who have both put in an eight-year investment into the tournament.
Justice RM Lodha, a former Chief Justice of India, has said that it is for the BCCI to take a call on whether they want to terminate the two franchises. He has added that they will be within their rights to do so.