Chennai: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) and the Sahara Group will resume talks over "outstanding issues" between the two parties at the board's Working Committee meeting here today with an aim to break a week-long stalemate.
Top BCCI officials and members of the Sahara Group - which had last Saturday abruptly pulled the plug on its contract as the official sponsor of the Indian cricket team - had met in Mumbai yesterday to discuss the content_cnious issues. However, a resolution was not forthcoming and a bland joint statement on Sunday informed the media that the two groups would adjourn on Monday.
"Sahara and the 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 [in Chennai]. The interaction was focused on the interest of Indian cricket, including IPL," read the statement.
Sahara chief Subrata Roy and his two sons had met with top brass from the BCCI for over an hour at a Mumbai five-star hotel owned by the business group on Sunday, a session which was later described as 'positive' by both parties.
If the BCCI rejects Sahara's demands, however, there will be serious consequences. Sahara's contract runs until December 31, 2013 and it currently pays Rs 3.34 crore per international match - be it Test, ODI or Twenty20 - and it will not be easy for the BCCI to find a national team sponsor.