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Pune IPL shouldn't be deprived: Roy


Rajdeep Sardesai, CNN-IBN
Feb 07, 2012 at 03:20pm IST

New Delhi: Sahara India chief Subrata Roy on Tuesday told CNN-IBN that his IPL franchise Pune Warriors has been treated unfairly by the BCCI, forcing him to snap all ties with Indian cricket.

Roy, who hoped for an amicable solution to the row between the Sahara Group and the BCCI, vowed that the Pune players would not suffer because of the pullout.

"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.

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