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Bombay HC Stays Termination Of Kings XI's IPL Agreement

PTI 08 Dec 2010, 20:12:37 IST
Mumbai, Dec 8: In a relief for Kings XI Punjab, Bombay High Court today stayed the termination of the IPL franchise's agreement by the Cricket Board.

Justice S J Vazifdar remarked that going by the documents, Kings XI had "made out a strong case".

The dispute will now again go before a new arbitrator - earlier arbitrator Justice B N Srikrishna having recused himself - but as of now Kings XI will be able to participate in the players auction in January.

Kings XI will have to, however, furnish bank guarantees for making up the losses that BCCI, as well as the its own players might suffer in case the arbitrator's award goes against Kings XI.

The judge also said that Kings XI will have to clear the dues of players for the previous IPL season. "It is a question of national prestige," he said.

Interestingly, Justice Srikrishna, who was arbitrator in dispute between BCCI and Rajasthan Royals, too had observed that prima facie termination of Royals' agreement was illegal.  

BCCI's defence for terminating the agreement is that Kings XI's ownership pattern changed, without cricket body's consent, which was breach of a vital term in the agreement.

Court directed Kings XI to furnish bank guarantee of USD 18 million for the players which it might pick up in the auction, and of USD 3.5 million for BCCI within one month.

BCCI wanted this guarantee, as it fears potential loss of revenue by not conducting a new auction to replace Kings XI as franchisee. PTI