Perhaps, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saw it coming. Sahara India, owners of Pune Warriors India, withdrawing its team from the IPL was along expected lines, if sources in the BCCI are to be believed.
A senior official in the board told DNA soon after news of Sahara pulling out of the IPL broke on Tuesday that in its current financial situation, how could they have paid a huge amount on an annual basis.
Their amount was almost three times higher than the other teams and it was totally unrealistic. They paid high price, there was no chance of meeting them on an annual basis. Just when other IPL teams pay in the region of Rs60-70 crore per year, Pune Warriors were to pay almost three times more of that. The BCCI saw this kind of a situation coming, said the official on condition of anonymity. The official said that there would be an auction for a new team for next years IPL.