Mumbai, Feb 12: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Sahara India met on Sunday over the dispute over the Indian Premier League (IPL) Pune franchise and sponsorship issue, and at the end issued a joint statement.
On Feb 4 Sahara India announced their decision of withdrawing sponsorship to the Indian cricket team and the IPL side Sahara Pune Warriors.
The joint media statement by Subrata Roy Sahara and BCCI president N. Srinivasan on Sunday said: "Sahara & BCCI met today and discussed all the outstanding issues, and it was agreed that the subject will be further discussed in the BCCI Working Committee meeting tomorrow."
"The interaction was focused on the interest of Indian cricket, including the IPL," it said.
On Feb 6, BCCI president N.Srinivasan said that he was open for dialogues to sort out the issues with Sahara India.
"Most certainly, we are ready to meet and sort out the matters. We have no problems with that. We do appreciate what Sahara have done. They might have felt aggrieved and did not get what they wanted from the IPL. We had good relationships and so we should sort out the issues," Srinivasan had said.
Srinivasan said that there could be serious grievances on part of Sahara India and hoped everything will be sorted out amicably.
Before that Sahara India had said that they will not be able to drag the one-sided emotional relationship with the BCCI.
“We really feel such one-sided emotional relationship cannot be dragged any further. We are withdrawing from all cricket under BCCI. However, we don’t want to give any problem to the BCCI and we also feel that the players should not suffer,” Sahara India had said in a statement.
The announcement was made hours before the scheduled IPL auction for its fifth season in Bangalore.
However, Sahara India said that they will pay the BCCI for the next couple of months till the board get a new sponsor for the team.