In the wake of the dramatic axing of the Rajasthan Royals and Kings’ XI Punjab from the Indian Premier League, various franchises have been vocalizing their anguish, none more openly than industrialist Vijay Mallya.
Almost immediately after the news broke, the Royal Challengers, Bangalore, boss posted on his Twitter stream the following message:
“Wonder if the franchisees are serious stakeholders whose investments and participation are respected, or are they slaves who only come and play."
In this connection, two SMSes sent out by Board of Control for Cricket in India Secretary N Srinivasan, who is also co-owner of the Chennai Super Kings franchise, is startling.
The first, sent from his cellphone to one particular franchise, reads:
“As we have been saying. Please align yourself with us. Or everyone will get the same taste of the medicine we have given today to RR and Kxip. Owners should not think they are above the Bcci”
The follow up message, sent to the same franchise, reads:
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