Mumbai: The Rajasthan Royals moved the Bombay High Court against the termination of their franchisee contract by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The cricket board had expelled Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab for alleged violations of the franchisee contract. The announcement was made on 10 October.
The Jaipur franchise, decided to opt for legal recourse after repeated appeals to the cricket board for dialogue, remained unanswered. The team had appealed to the cricket board after being expelled, in the hope of ironing out differences amicably and clearing misunderstandings.
“There was no notice and no opportunity given to us for any discussion. The decision was taken before conclusion of the IPL disciplinary panel, where the RR case is being reviewed, and before conclusion of any government enquiries into the IPL franchises,” said Manoj Badale in a previous interview with Mint.
The BCCI on their part had maintained that there was no question of reversing their decision on the Jaipur franchisee. The Rajasthan Royals issued a statement confirming that they had filed a legal petition. “We have tried to meet with the BCCI to understand the basis for the termination, which was received without notice. We do not understand what we have done wrong, and it is therefore our duty to the fans of the IPL, our employees, our players and our partners to pursue the matter. The matter is expected to be listed this Wednesday. We would not like to state anything further since the matter is sub judice.”