The BCCI had scrapped the controversial Kochi franchise for breach of contract    AFP
The BCCI had scrapped the controversial Kochi franchise for breach of contract AFP

The ongoing battle between former Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTK) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sees no end. A petitioner had filed a PIL in the Kerala High Court seeking inclusion of the (KTK) franchise back in the IPL. In reply, the HC has asked the petitioner to approach the Justice RM Lodha headed 3-member committee. The KTK will go down in history as a blink-and-miss team that played just one edition, finishing with the dubious distinction of fishing with the wooden spoon. As per cricbuzz, the HC in its observation said, “All these and any other grievance the petitioner has could more appropriately be dealt with by the Chief Justice RM Lodha Committee and if the said committee has any difficulty and/or reservation in examining the said issues, the same can be forwarded to the appropriate forum in BCCI itself. But surely, at the first instance this court would be reluctant to interfere in the matter. CoA clears one-time benefit for 13 players; disregard BCCI treasurer

In the PIL, the petitioner states that the KTK franchise was illegally removed from the IPL aand the city of Kochi has been disowned from hosting any India matches since then. BCCI is yet to clear dues of INR 1,200 cr towards the franchise, as ordered by Justice Lodha. The PIL further stated that by not including KTK, the BCCI has cost the state of Kerala huge tax loss as well.