N Srinivasan, Subrata Roy set to meet to discuss Sahara grievance

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By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Feb 9, 2012

Sahara India may reinstate their cricketing ties with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), when Sahara head Subrata Roy and BCCI president N Srinivasan meet this weekend to discuss the issues which led to the corporate giant’s pull out from sponsorship of the national team.

This will be the first time since Sahara cut off all cricketing ties with the Indian cricket board, and boycotted the Indian Premier League 2012 auctions which were held in Bengaluru last week.

Sahara s main grievance was that the BCCI didn t listen to their request of letting to use ailing Yuvraj Singh s purse of USD 1.8 million during the February 4 IPL auction.

“The two heads are meeting over the weekend. Only Mr Roy and Mr Srinivasan would be present at this face-to-face meeting, which is likely to be held in Mumbai, as of now,” a source close to the BCCI was quoted as saying by Mail Today.

“The meeting would most probably be held on Saturday. But if, for some reason, it does not take place on Saturday, it would surely be held on Sunday,” he added.

The future of Indian team s sponsorship is also likely to be discussed with Sahara keeping an open mind about the business deal.

“The two bosses would discuss both issues – IPL Pune Warriors and the sponsorship. Let’s see how the talks pan out. No announcements would be made by either side before this meeting,” he said.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr. Subrata Roy while announcing Rs.1,000 crores welfare foundation for rural sports, stressed that parting away from the team was emotional and “emotions were never appreciated” by the BCCI.