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BCCI charts Kochi franchisee’s exit route

New Delhi, Nov. 17: The fate of the faction-ridden Kochi franchise is as good as sealed. Come November 27 — the end of their one-month deadline to sort out internal differences — the Board of Control for Cricket in India is likely to axe the team and then float a fresh tender inviting bids for a new one.

There is still ten days to go for that to happen. On Wednesday after the IPL’s governing council meeting in Mumbai, BCCI vice president and GC member Rajiv Shukla said that the Kochi turmoil had not been discussed at all.

“The issue of the Kochi was not discussed, because they have been given a notice of one month which expires on November 27. The issue was not on the agenda. A decision on the issue will be taken only after that,” Shukla told reporters after the meeting, assuring that the board would go by the book.

Internally though, the BCCI top brass has already set in motion plans to replace Kochi with a new team.

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