Trust the BCCI (more specifically, the IPL Governing Council) to appoint a working group to look into the recommendations of the Lodha panel.
Franchises’ input into the process is ostensibly the reason touted by the council.
It is an excuse to buy more time. It does not come as a surprise; the BCCI is split into two warring factions, one for ICC chief N Srinivasan and the other against.
The BCCI has six additional weeks to arrive at a decision.
“The show must go on,” says IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla.
It’s evident that there will be another IPL next year with eight teams, not six.
There will be yet another auction, the players and support staff will be happy that they are not monetarily or otherwise affected, the Supreme Court verdict will be honored—if not in principle.
The question on everyone’s mind: What is N Srinivasan going to do?
His position as ICC chairman is even more untenable by the day.
Can he pull yet another rabbit out of his hat?
The governing council’s decision has given him time to ponder his limited options.
If the BCCI (and the ICC) is serious about clearing the mess that is the IPL, the India Cements strongman has to exit.
Whether the CSK and RR franchises are terminated is moot. The Supreme Court verdict is less harsh than what the rules dictate.
Teams have been terminated for less.
The BCCI has painted itself into an inglorious corner with its inability and unwillingness to clean up its Augean stables.
It waited for the Supreme Court to burn them down, instead.
Is it now delaying only for the Supreme Court commission to drive the final nail into its coffin when it completes its investigation into the allegations against IPL COO Sundar Raman?
That will be Judgment Day indeed.