Sahara supremo Subrata Roy on Tuesday said that the BCCI’s unfair treatment towards the Pune Warriors IPL franchise team members forced him to sever all ties with cricket.
Roy, who hoped for a plausible solution to the issue between the Sahara India Parivar and the BCCI, vowed that the Pune players would not suffer because of the pullout in an interview with CNN-IBN on tuesday.
“Our players shouldn’t be deprived of playing IPL this year. Our team shouldn’t be in any problem. We will come out with a solution soon,” Roy said in an exclusive interview to the channel.
“I really can’t say about reconciliation. We are into huge development work. I am with an open mind. Cricket is rich and many are willing to sponsor.
“If it is really needed, I will not give a second thought in sponsoring Pune IPL. We are flexible and will come out with an amicable solution.”
Sahara India withdrew its sponsorship of the Indian cricket team and Pune Warriors on Saturday hours ahead of the IPL auction for season five, after the BCCI turned down the franchise’s request that the price of their marquee player Yuvraj Singh be added to their overall purse for the auction.
“We really feel such one-sided emotional relationship cannot be dragged on any further. We are withdrawing from all cricket under the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),” said a statement from Sahara, who chose not to be present at the IPL 5 players auction in Bangalore.