Deccan Chargers, the now defunct IPL team, is eyeing IPL comeback in the midst of turmoil. On Sunday’s IPL Governing Council meeting, a separate committee has been set up to decide the fate of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. This meeting was called after justice R.M Lodha says BCCI could suspend CSK and RR as their owners were found guilty in spot-fixing scandal.
Deccan Chargers have already requested for an arbitration that is set to be handled by the retired Supreme Court Justice CK Thakkar. “The final arbitration is likely to be held later this month. DC owners are confident of winning the arbitration and eventually returning to the IPL,” according to a source in Chargers.
IPL Governing Council chairman Rajiv Shukla already said that the tournament will be eight team affairs. As CSK and RR are on the verge of two year suspensions, defunct franchises are looking for an entry into the cash rich tournament.
Earlier, Kochi Tuskers said that they were looking for an IPL comeback. Their bids got reasonable boost when the news revealed that state boards want BCCI should float tenders for two new franchises, and respecting Lodha Committee’s verdict should terminate the contract of these two tainted IPL teams.
Deccan Chargers, who won the 2009 IPL under the captaincy of Adam Gilchrist, were terminated from the tournament for breaching the agreement. According to the report in Times of India, with Kochi Tuskers have won the legal battle against BCCI the Hyderabad based franchise Deccan Chargers were rejuvenated their hope for the IPL comeback after Lodha committee verdict.