Royals stunned by BCCI decision to axe franchise
Rajasthan Royals co-owner Shilpa Shetty has spoken of her shock after the BCCI’s decision to axe the Royals franchise during an emergency meeting of the IPL’s Governing Council.
The Royals, winners of the 2008 Indian Premier League; along with the Kings XI Punjab were both barred from participating in next year’s tournament.
Speaking via the micro blogging website Twitter, Shetty said she was too shocked to react, saying the team was more then just a franchise to her.
"This is for all those who want my reaction 'Honestly too shocked to react,just disheartened, cause it's more than just a team for us! Still havn't received the termination, will react after," said Shetty.
"I am quite shocked about the developments. I don't know how the IPL 4 will be held if the BCCI starts treating teams in this manner. I am not in a position to make any further comments until I receive a formal copy of the termination agreement," said felllow Royals co-owner Raj Kundra to Indian news channel NDTV.
Royals skipper Shane Warne was equally upset saying the news came as a big shock.
"Just woke up to news that Royals and Kings out of IPL 4, don't know anything yet, flying back to Australia, it's a big shock for Royals, will hopefully get to the bottom of it all," Warne tweeted.
"The Royals gave young unknown Indian players a chance and I as captain backed them and our coaching staff supported them. We were a team... What now for the youngsters? I hope BCCI (Board of Control for Cricked in India) come to their senses, fingers crossed," he added.
The decision by the BCCI to remove the Royals and Kings XI franchises from next years tournament has already created a strong response from other franchise owners with Royals Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya backing the Royals and Kings XI.
"This is down right ridiculous and raises serious questions on the attitude of the BCCI towards IPL franchisees," said Mallya via Twitter.
"I wonder if IPL franchisees are serious stakeholders whose investments and participation are respected or are they slaves who only come and play?" he added.